When I sit quietly and reflect on my life and all the strife. My inner voice gets louder and louder, for the girl I wish I could be is no longer me. I am shy and quiet, instead of bold and strong-willed. My voice was silenced long ago by a man I am still afraid of today. Sometimes it feels like a battle of wills for I am a peaceful forgiving person. Every once in a while a storm starts brewing internally and the thunder inside me becomes very loud, just silenced to the world.