It is very difficult for other people to know what we need if we do not tell them.
We cannot expect them to simply know.
They have their own needs to worry about.
Most likely, our needs are not their primary consideration.
If we do not speak up for ourselves, we should not assume that our needs will be acknowledged or met.
Life is difficult and confusing enough without assumptions.
It is better to be honest, clear, and open.
If we are not, more than likely, we will get what we get, not what we need.