Daily Archives: January 5, 2012
Posted by Tobi-Dawne
Another evening spent at my parents place, going through boxes. Got grades six, seven, and eight finished… and started on my boxes from high school. One little treasure I felt was worth sharing was this:
If you can’t read it, it says:
The ultimate question.
You can sit in silence and just watch as things happen
and have no friends, save a few.
Or you can stand up and make people take notice
and have a few friends, and a few enemies.
To sit or to stand – that is the question.
That little tidbit from a very young yours truly, was dated June 1992… Almost twenty years ago.
I’ve never been the type to sit quietly by. I speak my mind. I make sure I am heard. And yes, my refusal to stay silent, my refusal to disappear definitely earns me a place on a few “naughty” lists. But it’s just who I am, apparently it’s who I’ve always been. Though, thankfully, my spelling and prose have improved greatly since then. 😉
I remember writing articles for our school paper, things that got me in trouble with some teachers and faculty. Writing about discrimination within the school, perpetrated by staff. I just couldn’t keep quiet. I couldn’t sit on things that needed to be said. No-one else seemed to have a problem watching things happen, but even back then I’d call people on their actions, make them be accountable. I figured someone had to. It’s something I made a habit of, and while it may have gotten me into some trouble, it’s a habit I still have. I simply can’t abide a bully.
So… to sit or to stand? It’s not really a question for me, and I wish it weren’t a question for others. Our voices are needed. If anything is ever to change, our voices are required.