To some people, it may seem that by not saying how you feel makes you a phony, and maybe it is true to some extent. But the fear of displeasing people and being unlikeable overpowered my other emotions. I assume another fellow introvert will understand my inner conflict. Speaking up is a big deal for some introverts(like me), but to disagree with someone and put forth your own thought on a subject, which is different from theirs, is terrifying. But stifling your inner voice is not healthy, and nodding along with everyone and agreeing to their beliefs, even if they don’t resonate with you, can take a toll. You have to listen to the whispers of your heart someday(creds to Ghibli for this phrase). And I am realizing that now too. So here I am, trying to find the courage to regain my voice and stand by my opinions, no matter how different that may make me seem. It will take me some time, of course, and won’t be an overnight miracle, but it will be worth it.