“People ask why I am so quiet, I quickly reply…It’s no use talking unless people understand what you say.” -Zora Neal Hurston
I have always been known as a thinker, never really opening up and expressing my feelings or thoughts verbally. Not until I read this quote did I understand how I really felt about words that weren’t written down on paper. Speaking aloud often came across as condescending to most. Often times people just didn’t understand the words that I used. I slowly began to deviate from talking to people and reverted to writing things down- giving people the opportunity to take their time, digest my words and look them up if needed. I became expressionless – I didn’t like how that made me feel. So now I express myself verbally-taking no prisoners and apologizing to none for my intelligence! To equivocate my intelligence is no longer an option.