Good Enough for TedX?
“Did you hear about TedX Cherry Creek? Applications are due tomorrow. Apply and spread your message.”
“Are you sure Olivia? I am not ready!” I giggled the idea off, shrinking myself into a childlike posture revealing the deep-rooted ideas of humility socialized within me as a young girl.
“You ARE ready Shahira- get on that stage and show up as who you are.”
I went home that night determined to read up about the event, all the while pondering about why so many women, including myself, lack the confidence to give themselves credit for their accomplishments.
When reading about TEDx Cherry Creek Women, I noticed this year’s theme jump out at me: Showing Up. Goosebumps traveled up my arm as I wondered if this was a sign from the universe prompting me to show up as a proud Multi-American woman on stage. Like a sly fox, self-doubt settled in, but I quickly remembered past mentors who taught me to be on the lookout for the false notion of a perfect time. There was only the present and if I wanted to be included in relevant conversations about the status of women in America, I had to apply that evening. I became a little braver. As a perfectionist I wrote and rewrote my responses multiple times hoping it was articulate enough for the reviewing committee. Answering questions like Why is your idea relevant now? What takeaway will the audience receive from your talk? made me realize how important it is to speak as a Multi-American woman living today’s America.
In a humbling moment the next morning, I realized that the attributes of courage and faith we all speak about aren’t always visible. Courage and faith emerge in trifling moments when we must step out of our comfort zones and take action towards our goals and aspirations. Next time I catch myself waiting for a perfect time, I will remember applying for TedX Cherry Creek. It was the perfect time because I was invited to show up!