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Embracing My Voice: What Makes Us Different Makes Us Special

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Embracing My Voice: What Makes Us Different Makes Us Special

I once hated my voice. I thought it was high pitched and, when excited, as annoying as a child’s squeal. It didn’t help matters that I was often compared to Rosie Perez. Her voice irritates millions of Americans, myself included. Is that how others feel about my tune?

The answer was and maybe still is yes.

I learned this in college while overhearing a group of boys. They sat in a dormroom, in front of a big screen television watching football. During a commercial, my name came up, as did my voice.

“Did you hear her screech?” Said a caramel-skinned fellow.

“Yeah, her voice…it’s like nails on chalk board,” a lanky frat boy replied.

My friend, who sat in between the circle, nodded. “I love Sujeiry but sometimes I wish she didn’t talk.”

They chuckled and continued watching the game. A touchdown was scored by their team. As they howled and rooted for the boys in green, I jolted down the hallway, upset and embarrassed.

Why couldn’t I have a seductive voice like Angelina Jolie? Why did I sound like a cartoon character on speed? If I had a choice, I thought, I’d switch my voice box. Maybe that way I wouldn’t sound like a 7-year-old trapped in a 21-year-old’s body.

Obviously, the switching of the voice box never took place. It probably be a painful procedure and an expensive one at that. I still live with my momma which shows how much money I have laying around for a new set of pipes. Besides, my voice distinguishes me from others. Though not as nasal and soprano as it was once, I embrace my difference. If I didn’t have this voice, people wouldn’t hear me from blocks away. I can’t count the times someone overhead me speak, turned around and said with a smile, “I thought that was you.”

Because my voice makes me uniquely me.

Now, I embrace my pipes. It makes me different. It makes me talented. The musical melody that booms from my mouth is all my own and because of this I sing beautifully. Because of it I have a great radio voice. And, though I would never be able to be a sex phone operator, I know this voice will make me a star in another capacity.

So, I will continue speaking and expressing myself, even if it’s as annoying as a child’s squeal.  God gave me this voice. It is a gift that cannot be hated.

 

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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