Have you ever felt silenced?
That your thoughts and opinions didn’t matter?
That what you were feeling was embarrassing?
Have you ever started a sentence with, “I’m sorry …” (to bother you/take up your time/for being emotional/I’ll just be a minute …?)
Who told you
your time isn’t as valuable?
your thoughts and opinions aren’t as important?
your feelings aren’t appropriate?
your existence isn’t as valid?
Turn from that voice.
Hum a different song.
Make a conscious effort to
reserve “I’m sorry,” for
when you’ve made a mistake, done
something wrong, need
to ask for forgiveness;
remove “I’m sorry,” from
any other context.