Jen Xu
4 min readJan 13, 2020

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Write about staying quiet when you feel like shouting.

There is nothing more deafening than the sound of silence. It’s at its worst when you want to let the world know that you’ve been wronged but you can’t quite do it without being completely unreasonable…and your head is pounding, your ears feel hot, your neck feels prickly. You grit your teeth, you clamp your mouth shut and don’t let anything escape, not even your tongue to moisten your dry lips. It feels like an eternity, and it takes every ounce of energy within you to just stay quiet.

My first instinct was to discuss being wronged, not because I think it happens to me…

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Jen Xu

Athletic trainer, PhD student, coffee lover. I write about fitness, mental health, being Asian-American, and personal growth.