For the most part, my inner voice was the same for most of my life up until the end of my sophomore year.  I grew tired of being slightly goofy while being very self-conscious so I took action and made a change. I wasn’t really changing my voice in my opinion, but rather muffling the one that held me back all of these years.  All humans have a voice in their head that constantly shoots out wonderful ideas but sadly there is a second voice that often silences this first voice. This silencing is done by saying harsh negative things about oneself and it causes them to be extremely shy.  I was tired of feeling scared to talk to people so I became aware of this confidence-bashing voice and did whatever I could to make it stop. Many moments made me feel uncomfortable but I decided that others react based off of how they see me react. This means that all I have to do is laugh at myself a little to dispell the awkwardness to make stupid comments more bearable.  Another positive about this tactic is that it allows me to create instant connections (inside jokes) with people I hardly even know. Quieting this second voice in my head has produced many positive effects but it was extremely difficult to accomplish.

After months of constant ego-regulation, I finally started to feel the benefits of self-confidence but I know I am nowhere near the end of my journey.  I made many sacrifices such as quitting soccer in order to be around a more enjoyable group of people or risking it all by joining a sport for the last two years of my high school career.  I look back on this very often and I tell myself that the risk was totally worth it and my happiness today is the evidence of that. I also look back and see how the cross country runners I was with really allowed me to open up and be who I truly am.  For this reason, I believe one’s true voice is always present but it takes supportive, awesome people to let that voice be heard.

CC BY-SA 4.0 Reflective Writing on Inner Voice by Ben is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Comment Here

1 Comment
  1. Sara 6 months ago

    I’m glad that you were finally able to get rid of that second voice that had been dragging you down for so long. I know that I also had a problem, but rather than getting down I would just hesitate before doing things because I was scared of what others would think of me. But as I got older, I realized that if they didn’t like me for me, then they weren’t really that close with me to begin with. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope to read more from you in the future.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


We welcome new members. You can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.


Youth Voices is organized by teachers at local sites of the National Writing Project and in partnership with Educator Innovator.

CC BY-SA 4.0All work on Youth Voices is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Missions on Youth Voices

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account

%d bloggers like this: