Take a moment and think about it.
How often do you catch yourself saying “like” or ending what should be a firm declaration with “ya know?” or “right?” What has happened to our conviction? I know that I was challenged by this video to attempt to go through a day without saying “like.” It encouraged me to firmly say what I had to say, without always worrying I wouldn’t fit in.
Even in classes, I often feel sorry for the professor standing at the front of the room. Students don’t want to speak, don’t want to engage in their education. They don’t want to “be wrong” in front of the class or appear to be a “teacher’s pet.” How old are we, again? It’s time to take action.
If you don’t understand something, own it. Silence is not the answer.
As human beings, we want acceptance, we want approval. But especially as we grow older, we should concern ourselves less with what others think about us. Some things need to be said, not implied.
So take the challenge presented: don’t simply question authority. Speak with it.
Or, in classrooms, speak to it.