Talking to the void. Words falling on deaf ears. Disappearing into the crowd. All of these sentences basically mean the same thing- no one is paying attention.
Increasingly over the last few years, I’ve found that people are often too busy listening to themselves to listen to anybody else. They’re too busy doing what they think is right to consider that what someone else is saying might be a better way to go about things. For this reason, I often feel as though I am talking to the void- whoever I am talking to is too set in their ways to really considering what I’m saying.
I’ve come to the realization that much of what I say is going to be ignored. This is a large part of the reason why I have started to speak up more often. If I’m only going be heard 1/10 of the time, I have to speak up 10 times as often to fulfill my ‘getting heard’ quota.
Another part of the reason I’ve started to speak up more in the last few years is because I simply have more to say. Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve found a few things that I’m passionate about. Broadly speaking, these include student leadership, mental health, and event planning. (Slightly) more specifically, I’ve become heavily involved in residence life, my student union, student services, and Shinerama. I’ve learned a lot through my involvement, but have yet to figure out a way to pass these lessons on to others. It seems everyone wants to learn the hard way. My involvement has also allowed me to form opinions on a large range of issues facing students and student leaders- opinions most people don’t really want to hear me rant about (I don’t blame them for that one).
I like to consider myself a leader, a writer, a make-happen-er, and someone who likes to help others. My hope is that this blog will bring all of those things together. I plan on writing about the things going on in my life, lessons I’ve learned, opinions I’ve had, and whatever other topic crosses my path. I’m going to write whether or not anyone is reading.
I’ve gotten used to talking to the void. Might as well write to it too.