It was an honour to speak at the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) QLD Annual General Meeting last night. Thank you to Marion Giddy and Shaun Ziegenfusz (and everyone else involved) for organising and I look forward to continued engagement with SPA QLD and the ASEA.
I screamed and covered my ears. My inside voice was always telling me what to do, and more importantly what not to do. Don’t wear that shirt because people might not like it. Don’t speak up because people might hear you stutter. I didn’t want to hear that inside voice any longer. It was physically and mentally exhausting.
One day, it happened.
I don’t know when it happened. I don’t know how it happened. I don’t remember the day, the week, the month, or even the year that it happened.
The moment I stopped caring what other people thought about every aspect of my life was a moment of relief, joy, acceptance. That moment I left my house not worrying about what I was wearing and if it was acceptable to society. That moment I started speaking freely not worrying what someone would think if they heard me stutter. That moment, I felt free to be me.