ANNA PENG

Can We Be Our Own Best Friends?

Sometimes we just need a small push or a quiet whisper from somebody else to encourage us to start. But, let me put this in another way: If your best friend, sister, or a trusted colleague was holding herself back from starting something she loved, what would you say to her? 

Of course you would encourage her to do it. She would be frustrated and regretful if she doesn’t.

Can we treat ourselves the same way we would treat our loved ones? 


Stigma of a Small Voiced Human

Having a small voice isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most of the time we get told that being quiet, shy, introverted, and reserved isn’t the right behaviour to show up with in a professional setting. We’ve been told all our lives to speak up and talk louder, when the voice we project is already quite extended over our usual comfort zone. 

While thousands if not millions of us struggle with having quiet voices, it’s worth noting that a lot of us have something of value to say. 

Yet the struggle remains. 

How do we get our words across to the other side? 

The age old saying comes into play, and it says: communication is key. Luckily for us, there are over a thousand ways to communicate. Speaking is only one of them. We can get a lot across in a post on LinkedIn, a song written for a significant other, a handwritten note, a sequence of emails, the way we dress, interpretive dance, the way we knock on a co-workers door, by leaving the dishes in the sink—you get the point. 

The only thing that matters is the value of what we offer. Meaning, we can lash and scream across the meeting room all we want, but no one is going to listen if it doesn’t carry any meaning. Instead, we can use our small voices and make others lean in because what we have to say will contribute and make a difference. 


But how are we going to make any significant change without the input of governments and large corporations complying?

I get it. 

With our individual voices being only so small and our influence on the market totalling up to 1 out of 3 million people in the entire city, it’s hard to think that we can be heard at all. You’re completely right. 

We don’t have much authority to change the city rules to how we want them to be. However, where we can have a chance to amplify ourselves is through using the media that has been gifted to us. 

Technology has made it so easy to choose ourselves and create something of our own that any elementary school kid can start a podcast, hold a YouTube channel, publish a book, and create a community. The internet has removed the middleman and has given us a chance at holding the megaphone. 

If this was your chance to rally people together for you cared about, what would it be?

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