Be more outgoing! – they say
You’re such a bore! – they say
Why are you so quiet? – they say
You should smile more! – they say
Don’t you ever get lonely? – they say
Speak up! We can’t hear you. – they say
You’re totally missing out on life! – they say
Don’t waste your time staying at home! – they say
You shut everybody out! It’s so annoying! – they say
Don’t you have any friends to hang out with? – they say
I cherish the little things in life – like reading a good book. – we say
I value quality over quantity when it comes to my friends. – we say
You should learn to be comfortable being by yourself. – we say
I don’t need to be surrounded by people to have fun! – we say
Just think before you speak! It’s not that hard! – we say
I only let people in once I trust them enough. – we say
I’m listening when others speak up. – we say
Why won’t you be a little quieter? – we say
I’m comfortable with silence. – we say
You’re way too loud! – we say
Because life doesn’t have to be loud and filled with chatter.
Because sometimes, silence can be just as comfortable.
Therefore, here’s to the quiet ones.
My name is Tamara Buber. I was born and raised in Austria, and I would not necessarily describe myself as a writer or a poet. I am more of an inventor of stories, a sharer of thoughts. While growing up, there was nothing that I enjoyed more than diving headfirst into fantastic or magical stories – I mean that one quite literally, for I usually spent most of my nights reading. Falling asleep on one of my books was not that rare of an occurrence. Anyways, my passion for consuming fiction has not changed over the course of my life; in fact, it has led me to discover my passion for writing in the first place and has even led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English and American studies in Vienna.