I applied and was selected to perform at the CU Boulder TEDx in April of this year. I played two songs in-between the speakers as sort of an intermission. It was a different experience for me from a performance aspect in many ways, and it was unique to be part of an event put on by the students.
My friends and family knew I had performed at that event, and a few weeks later I saw my name tagged in a post on social media that TEDxCherryCreek was looking for performers. Having done this before (or so I thought), I applied! I honestly didn’t think I would be selected because I had already performed at an event this year, but I was wrong.
I had just gotten off work when I received my acceptance email. It didn’t really hit me until I read the email about twelve times – this was going to be different from my last time with TEDx.
Once I had my in person interview, I was nervous, but that much more excited! I learned that I would not be an “intermission” performer, in fact, I would be giving a small talk and performing.
In the last few weeks of preparation not only for my songs and what message I want to deliver, I have felt a wide range of emotions. Mostly, I feel humbled at the opportunity to make my way to the TEDx stage, and to share a piece of my story that I have not yet before.
It is my hope that my message reaches people in a way that encourages them to never give up. To understand that they are exactly where they are supposed to be, and that taking their own path is the right path because it’s theirs.