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17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet

“I’m sorry, could you speak up? I can’t hear you."

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1. Your parents often worried that there was something "wrong" with you.

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Shouldn't they have been thankful you were so quiet?!

2. And peers who didn't know you thought you were stuck-up.

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Silently judging and being snobby are not always the same thing.

3. Teachers would tell your parents they didn't think you were "socially engaged" enough.

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Is it graded?

4. And they also thought you had no idea what was going on in class.

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"I prefer listening over speaking, thanks."

5. You were usually the last person to be picked for a team in gym class.

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Because they didn't even know you were there.

6. And a lot of other kids assumed you were boring.

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Frankly, you were probably the most interesting person.

7. You dreaded the moment your teacher said "break into groups."

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Whyyyyyy?

8. And you prayed your teacher wouldn't call you out because they "hadn't heard from you in a while."

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"Please don't look my way!"

9. But then, if you did contribute, you pretty much died when they said "speak up!"

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Your problem, not mine.

10. Meanwhile, your report cards always had a note that said you needed "to participate more in class."

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Apparently just being a good student isn't enough.

11. People constantly worried if you were "OK"...

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"Thanks for caring, but we're actually all good here."

12. ...or asked, "Are you mad?"

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"Not until you asked me, anyway."

13. Adults would say how "shocked" they were when they heard you talk.

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"What's more shocking is that you're making a big deal of this."

14. You feared you'd spit out gobbledygook the moment you actually decided to talk.

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"Don't overthink it, don't overthink it..."

15. And it killed you to wait for the perfect moment to make a clever remark.

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"Wait for it..."

16. Yet it annoyed the heck out of you when people talked at THE most inappropriate times.

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Some things are just better left unsaid.

17. And finally, you constantly got sarcastic remarks about how you "talk too much."

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"Shush."

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