ANNA PENG

It Takes Time

It took me 12 years to get over my fear of talking with adult figures, 

and 10 more years to start talking to adults on a regular basis with more confidence (because I too, am an adult now). 

We take long amounts of time to get over our fears, but that’s okay. It’s normal. 

We need patience with ourselves so that we can grow. 

On the contrary, we also need fear so that we can grow faster.


I’m In My Head

We like to spend a lot of time in our own heads, and sometimes we get penalized for it. 

When we spend too much time in our own heads, it leaves us no time to ask for an advisor.

The advantages to having an advisor is that they can oftentimes see problems that we might not be able to realize. They might be able to help us seek clarity in what we do, just because they haven’t been working on our projects for the past 48 hours.

The advisor doesn’t have to be a professional either. The consultant could be a good friend, a classmate, a coworker, a sibling, or roommate.

We have to get into the habit of asking for advisors. Not only because they can help us out when we’re stuck in a rut, but because they are our first gateway into creating a relationship of trust. 

A small-voiced person might not necessarily have a wide network to ask for help from, but we can develop more trust amongst the people around us, which is equally if not more important.


Quiet Person’s Manifesto

Speak up. 

Talk louder.

I can’t hear you.

It’s the story of our lives. 

Spare me the embarrassment and pass me a microphone instead.

It’s not so easy to communicate with a quiet and small voice. 

But, it’s surely possible;

Take a single deeeeeep breath.

Collect your thoughts,

Exude confidence. 

You’re the only one who will be able to represent you. 

Though you might not be ready today, you might be in a month.

The traces and roots of our small voices give clues to who we can be tomorrow;

Never forget the shy, quiet voice you are.

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