College forces you to have opinions.

I’ve never understood anyone who stays quiet. I’ve never understood “Switzerland” or being “on the fence.” Because if you have an opinion but you don’t share it, what’s the point? It’s not about proving yourself, standing up for your ego, or “winning”. It’s just about living a life that blesses us with the opportunities to stand up for something and be someone. At least for me, I don’t feel like anyone, and I don’t feel alive, unless I’m able to fight for something.

If you’re the same way as me, you definitely understand. You’ve definitely been called confrontational before. You’ve probably also been referred to as argumentative or outspoken. But take not that everyone who has become someone, not even in the “famous” celebrity sense, but as in someone who has made a difference, has never stayed quiet.

Take a look at Beyoncé. Study her. Watch her interviews, listen to her albums, watch her music videos and recorded live performances. Queen Bey is quiet and reserved in her interviews, and even refers to herself as shy. But compare her persona there to her aura while mid-performance (or mid-“art creation” mode), and the difference is night and day for a purpose. That purpose being to speak out, and create the difference everyone knows she has. Even if you don’t like Beyoncé, you know her. You know what she stands for even if you don’t agree with her and shame her for it.

Make a difference, and make sure the world knows who you are. Because if you don’t, then what’s the point?



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