Your Unique Voice

You have a unique voice, unlike any in the world. You are a true original.

Maybe you think you don’t have anything to say or that what you have to say or want to say is not important. If you believe that about yourself, consider Louis Armstrong.

His gravelly voice. His broad smile. His signature handkerchief.

Satchmo had a purity, an authenticity. He was unafraid to be himself. He became a jazz icon, an American celebrity, an international personality, because he was unafraid to share his voice with the world. He was fearlessly original.

His voice was unusual. It was raspy. To some ears, it was no doubt harsh and unrefined. But people loved his voice and they loved him.

He grew up in a tough neighborhood in New Orleans. His parents separated. His mother supported the family by prostitution. Louis had every reason to disappear quietly into the mass of humanity, into an obscure life of crime and poverty.

But he didn’t. He and his trumpet spoke up. He and his music stood out. He must have been discouraged and heart-broken at times, but he never gave up.

He was himself. He let his unique voice be heard. And because he did, he touched millions of lives.

You have something to say, too. Don’t hide it. It’s completely okay to be yourself. It’s more than okay. It’s your gift to the planet. And it’s your gift to yourself.

In a critical, dismissive world, it’s easy—no, common—to get discouraged because of the disapproval of loved ones or strangers. But they are only there to make you stronger. Accept their service and step forward.

We want to hear from you. Please speak up. You are unique in all the world. What you have to say is important. Let us hear you.

 

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