The Hardest Thing In Life – Speaking Up

By: Carson Smith

Hello, I’m Carson Smith, and what I am writing is the hardest thing in my life. As I wrote this, I thought long and hard about it. When I was younger, I had a lot of trouble speaking up, and I still do now! It started when I was about 4 or 5 years old.

I had to give a speech about myself. I was really scared. After I was done, I felt good because I had just done something I didn’t want to do. When I was giving my speech. I felt like I would throw up. 

When I was in elementary school, I rarely asked people for help. I was a very independent kid. I did this all through the sixth grade too. In the sixth grade, I would just give up, and I was completely ok with the idea of giving up. But now, in seventh grade, I am a lot better at my school work and asking for help.

Sometimes I can think that people will make fun of me for something I say or do. If I mess up, I just try to laugh it off. I get so nervous when everyone is staring at me and judging me. If you have the same problem I do then don’t be scared to talk to people just be yourself. I’ve grown through it because I know that if I mess up or do something wrong that’s ok because everyone makes mistakes. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I have to give myself grace and not be so hard on myself. You can learn that too by not being hard on yourself. Give yourself a break it helps. I hope you find some confidence and learn to talk to people easier.