In the past three years, people have asked me when I was going to do a Ted Talk. I smiled, but thought “um, never.” How delightful to acknowledge how wrong I was. I am overjoyed at the prospect and still quite humbled that I was selected to share an idea worth spreading.
Despite any fear, I am very excited by the process. Being told to allow this to be a genuine conversation is an exhilarating thought. It’s freeing, to me, to not have to memorize, to not have to rely on slides, but to truly converse with an audience about an idea that’s been taking residence in my mind for the past few years. It’s exciting to have friends in my inner circle sending me articles, podcasts, and documentaries they think might add to the conversation. I admit, the process is not what I expected. It’s a wholly organic process designed to allow the best ideas to continue to emerge on the day of the Ted Talk.
What is incredibly hard is to accept this freedom, to not script, to not create slides or data points, but to fully trust the process. Though challenging, I find that the conversation around my Talk emerges when I least expect it, and I am discovering new insights weekly. I almost want the process to continue perpetually with no clear end in sight.
This is why I applied. I wanted to be able to discuss an idea with people in the hopes of creating spaces for dialogue. I want to be able to look at both sides of this topic and use tools to help our society become better. I believe we are at a crux where we can choose to evolve or devolve. My hope is that we will take the path that is higher and that requires more of us, perhaps. But as much as I’d like to share more with you, I can’t. That’s also part of the process.