speak now

Real life is a funny thing, you know. In real life, saying the right thing at the right moment is beyond crucial. So crucial, in fact, that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately, what I’ve began to fear more than that, is letting the moment pass without saying anything.

Wise words from the one, and only, Taylor Swift. I often wonder what the world would be like, what lives would be like, if we all spoke our minds. I also wonder why at times we feel it necessary to hold back – to keep things to ourselves. I am quite curious as to where the voice is in our head that is keeping us quiet.

I think most of us fear reaching the end of our life, and looking back regretting the moments we didn’t speak up. When we didn’t say “I love you.” When we should’ve said “I’m sorry.” When we didn’t stand up for ourselves or someone who needed help.

You may have found inspiration behind this, and I hope you did. I hope you say what you feel and I hope ambition sparks inside you. If it does, please do not let it pass. The world was not made for perfection, so if you think it is necessary to have every word planned out and every feeling decided, do not mind me saying I think you are terribly wrong. The world was meant for the expected and unexpected and it will offer us both. We have been gifted with such wonderful minds and emotions that I desperately and sincerely urge you to let absolutely nothing stand in the way of that. Keep in mind:

What you say might be too much for some people. Maybe it will come out all wrong and you’ll stutter and you’ll walk away embarrassed, wincing as you play it all back in your head. But I think the words you stop yourself from saying are the ones that will haunt you the longest. So say it to them. Or say it to yourself in the mirror. Say it in a letter you’ll never send or in a book millions might read someday. I think you deserve to look back on your life without a chorus of resounding voices saying, “I could’ve, but it’s too late now.” There is a time for silence. There is a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you’ll know it. I don’t think you should wait. I think you should speak now

Send the letter, write the book, and let your words create the beautiful explosion you’ve been waiting for.