Like other students in my class, I would raise my hand.
Read time: less than a min.
I would raise my hand like a keener answering any surprise tests or for clearing my doubts. I would even share my opinion freely.
I had no concerns about being wrong or sounding stupid asking obvious questions when clearing my doubts.
There was a sense of trust in the environment. And, for the most part, I didn’t even care about others’ opinions about me. It was a period of learning and moulding. Curiosity and doing well in each semester trumped everything else.
There was a sense of freedom.
Then the reality sets in.
One starts working in the real world. The focus changes to climbing the clichéd ladder.
Appearance matters a lot.
Being perceived as important and most valuable is front and center. Speaking up in crowded and important meetings gets carefully evaluated and often not shared. Coming across as uninformed can be career suicide.
Everything is caged.
We live in a free world, but there are unspoken rules to abide by.
What you think is not as important as what others think about you.
Thank you for reading.
Bye for now.