My life has not been perfect
I have always questioned my character saying “Are you really worth it?”
For so many years I kept my voice low and my sentences brief
and others often said “Umm does she even speak?”
I often brushed this question aside because I did not know the magnitude of my own voice
But now I am older and I am deciding to make a choice
A choice to no longer hide in the shadows
A choice to no longer be afraid to speak
I now take that challenge to become the best me I can be and stop saying what if?
And now say I can and I will!
And I will make that choice to show my voice for me.

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