Advocate: to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly.
Advocate. A word so simple, yet has an imporant meaning behind it, I’ve probably heard a thousand times. Why is the meaning of this word is so important? I’ll tell you why. This word “advocate” can take you on a journey. You don’t have much thought about It until you’re in a situation where you have to speak up for yourself. This word “advocate” has been on my mind so much. I even had a dream of my mentor telling me to “advocate” for myself. I come across as being too cautious. I don’t know about you, this is my experience of life. I’m learning as the days continue to go by. As I was saying, I’m very soft spoken. Afraid. Introvert. I’m soft spoken because I have a soft voice that tends to get taken advantage of. I do not like to say what’s on my mind 99.9 % of the time. To give you a better example, you’re in a situation where you’re getting taking advantage of or you feel as though, you’re getting treated with disrespect and you’re unable to speak up with confidentally and you’re not very sure about your responses. I’m afraid because I tend to overthink a lot of things. I’m afraid of rejection. I’m afraid if I say something, it’s stupid or no one cares. I’m afraid of love or to be loved. I’m an introvert. I tend to back away from being around a lot of people. I know you’re probably like “welllll you’re always around a group of people, you wouldn’t seem like you’re so shy.” Well, people.. I am. Being around a lot of people makes me a little awkward or nervous. I’m not so much of a people-person. I don’t know how to describe such feeling and plus, being the only child does come into effect. I rather be alone and play the sims than being around a bunch of people, that’s just the way I am and I have to learn to embrace such trait. The more I’m evolving into myself, the more I like to be alone. Alone time is the BEST time. You can really learn a lot about yourself, what you like, and what you don’t like, etc. IT IS OKAY TO BE ALONE. Long story short, because I know you’re probably like “how did you go from advocating yourself to being alone?”
These words I’ve mention goes hand in hand of being able to speak up for yourself, standing your ground, having confidence within yourself and also speaking in demand. I’ve always been that little girl who could never speak up for myself, as I grew and learn more about life, figuring out my worth. I’m still learning, I’m still growing, I’m still bettering myself everyday. If you don’t have the courage to speak up, you’re going to miss so many opportunities. Not going to lie, I have missed out because I was so afraid of what people thought of me and not speaking with confidence and trust me, it shows. You have to stay humble in the process of advocating for yourself. It is OKAY to speak your mind. You shouldn’t care what anyone thinks or say. You have to be honest with yourself. I’m telling myself and you all this because this may help someone. Someone may be going through this same situation. I know I’m not alone. Some days are good, some days are bad… You have to be prepared and ready. YOU ARE IN CONTROL because the real world is something serious and it doesn’t stop for anybody or anything.
With that being said, I hope you all have a good day. I’m writing this on a Sunday, well Monday at 3:15AM and I just really need sleep. Lol, I love you all.