Lessons Learnt From A Day Of Silence

Hello teenagers of the 21st century (and other passers by!),


Yes you read the title right. Sarah Trott, aka one of the most annoyingly talkative  people you will ever have the pleasure (or displeasure I suppose) of meeting didn't talk for AN ENTIRE DAY. If you read my blogpost from a couple of weeks ago (this one: http://www.sarahssay.com/2015/03/huge-mega-update.html#.VTFqFVwrjzI) then you will of noticed that I said that I'd be going silent today as part of the 'We Are Silent' movement founded by Free The Children. So that's exactly what I did...

The idea behind this campaign is to raise a voice for the voiceless. You go silent for a day to raise awareness for an issue you are particularly passionate about about. That might be that 60 million children aren't in school, the fact that 13.1% of people are hungry yet 33% of food is wasted, that the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago still haven't been found, or something else you feel strongly about. I decided to simply go silent for every child that doesn't have their voice listened to (this is Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights Of The Child).

Today I learnt a lot about the importance of my voice. This quote from Malala really sums it all up: "WE REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR VOICES ONLY WHEN WE ARE SILENCED." That really rang true for me today in both a literal and metaphorical way. I spent the day having to communicate via whiteboard or hand gestures during my lessons at school. Once communicating became so much harder and time consuming, I felt as if I had to make every word count.

I didn't quite realise how much I talk in everyday life, and after a few hours of not talking I started to feel slightly distant from my peers. It's almost like you are invisible, people know you don't have a voice so they don't talk to you. This isn't necessarily a bad thing for someone like me who is often in the middle of everything happening, but it gave a unique metaphorical insight into what it's like to be voiceless.

This whole experience has made me really think about how privileged I am to of been born into a part of the world where I am allowed to have thoughts and opinions, where I am allowed to have creative outlets like this blog. I spent a lot of my silent time thinking about how I can use the fact that I do have a voice within society to be able to help those who don't. It reminded me why I started this blog and why it's so important for our generation to speak out. We are not a dumb, selfie stick carrying, don't care what's going on in the world bunch of idiots. We are the internet generation, but we are a generation of change. We must harness the power of social media, blogging and youtube to make our voice count.

I hope this has inspired some of you to take action on an issue you are really passionate about. I give you the challenge to tweet me @sarahzsay and tell me what issue you want to campaign on, COMMIT TO CHANGE!

Love you all and speak to you soon,
Sarah xx


4 comments:

  1. Great post and well done to you for having the courage to do this, very inspiring.

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  2. This is so amazing, Sarah.
    ~ Sanjana
    P.S. I emailed you! :)

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  3. Love this idea! You are such an inspiration for everyone who wants to make a change!

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