Posted on April 30, 2017 13:26 PM
I was bullied my entire childhood.
From grade school to high school, I remember being called a "7-11 Queer" a "P***y" and a "Sand N***er."
I'd be lying if I said it didn't hurt me, it did. But, I stayed quiet. Never spoke up. I was too afraid. So, I just took the words and buried them deep into my soul, in hopes that they would be silenced.
Oh, did those words have power! You don't really believe they were ever silenced do you? Na, come one, if they were, the lesson would never be learned!
They came up and haunted me every night I cried myself to sleep, every time I ate lunch by myself and every time I looked myself in the mirror. They destroyed my: confidence, capacity to understand, and most important, my ability to communicate.
But, lets take a break from all the negativity and childhood horrors- that's not my goal here.
My goal is to share a perspective on the power of your voice. As such, with all things in life, if a tool can be used Negatively, It may also be used Positively.
Whether you're Bully, a King, a President or a Humble Servant- you have a voice! Don't take that lightly. It's one of the pleasures of being a Human Being- the ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings.
On that note, have you ever really sat back and analyzed the anatomy of your voice?
As a professional Voice Actor and Poet, I use my tool (voice) in two distinct ways.
Let's step back into childhood horrors for a moment, shall we?
Do you think those kids that bullied me believed that their voice was important?
As adults we tend to forget how much weight our voice and it's message carries. A teenage boy, probably never considers it! Now that I look back, I wish I had the courage to speak up for myself. I wish I knew the power I possessed with just my voice. Ironic considering those that bullied me made me powerless with theirs.
Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.? How about Rosa Parks? John F. Kennedy? These were men and woman who became aware of how powerful their voice was. Once they believed it, so did everyone else.
It has taken me many years to find my voice. My Voice. What the hell does that even mean?
We all have our inner voice. That's the voice of our: truth, struggle, happiness, sadness, confidence and all the other emotions that make our existence so pleasurable and painful at the same time.
How do you find your inner voice and why should you look?
Too much "philosophy wanna-be poet man" for you today? Yea, trust me, I get it. It's a lot of thoughts, feelings and ideas. But, it's my voice. It's my perspective. It's my message and I hope that it helps you discover yours.
Kabir Singh: Voice Actor and Poet. www.kabirsvoice.com