The need to have a functional vocal cord cannot be overrated. The pleasure of humming, whistling, singing, talking, screaming and whispering is priceless. One can tell the helplessness and despair a person feels when he is gagged on our TV screens. To have one’s voice muffled when you’d rather be heard must feel like torture.
There is a time to whisper and a time to yell like any other activity. Not be able to whisper seems to suggest that one has a loud voice and finds it difficult to lower the ‘volume’ when the situation or time calls for it. Not be able to yell on the other hand paints the mental picture of having a hoarse voice where any attempt of speaking loud sounds like one being strangled. Not a pretty picture.
You whisper when you need to pass on some information without catching the attention of a third party. You yell when you need to get someone’s attention urgently. The former seems more of a convenience than a pressing need. The latter is a reaction to panic, frustration or excitement-it is relieving to yell sometimes.
What happens if I can’t whisper? I can write a note and pass it on. What if I can’t yell? I can call or text; most people now pay apt attention to the buzzing of their phones than the mention of their names. But what if there’s no phone around but I need someone to hear me out?
I’m not a yelling person but I’d feel more at peace knowing that I have the ability to do so in a time of emergency. I hardly find myself in a position where I have to whisper so I doubt I’d miss that function that much.
I believe yelling ‘help!’ is more important than getting to whisper, ‘have you seen her dress?’ right? Lol. So I’d rather not be able to whisper.
What do you think? What would you rather not be able to do and why? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2016
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