When our cats get vocal we refer to it as "singing the song of their people". One does it to get your attention if she's feeling ignored, and the other does it at meal times to let you know it's 5pm and time her dinner was served. They don't usually walk around meowing all day long, instead both save their chorus for moments they consider important.
We need to be the same, there are things in life that matter to us, sitting back and not letting people know what we value leaves us feeling unappreciated and ignored. Midlife has taught me to open my mouth and express myself - to ask when I want something - the worst answer you can get is "No" but at least you asked and, surprisingly, quite often the answer is "Yes".
I told my husband a while ago that I never liked our old dining room suite - he was amazed and slightly bewildered because we had it for years and I had never said anything. He was also surprised to find out I didn't like peanut butter or Nutella either - for a vocal person, I obviously missed the boat at times when it came to expressing my taste in furniture and food. Now when I say I like something, he always checks twice in case I'm just going along for the ride, it would have been easier if I'd just stated my preferences years ago.....
Sitting in the wings watching life pass you by, waiting for the courage to sing the song of your people is just a waste of time. If you don't ask, you don't get (our hungry cat will tell you that every night!) If you feel strongly about something then speak up and defend your opinion, choose words that are gracious and choose your moment, but be brave and be vocal. Express yourself and you might be surprised at the results.