The morning of the TEDxCherryCreekCountdown event I woke up at 4:30 am to practice my talk. I had rehearsed it so many times over the past couple of months, but for some reason that morning it just wasn’t coming out the way I wanted, so I took a break and started getting ready. I rode my bike to the venue practicing my talk the entire ride. The fresh air cleared my mind and helped calm my nerves.
When I got to the venue I was both nervous and excited. I knew that there won’t be an audience at the venue and at first I thought this would help me be less nervous, but looking out at the 4 people in the audience made me a little sad that I couldn’t look out at the crowd and have the experience that I so loved when I had gone to TEDx events in the past.
When I got out onto the stage I took a deep breath and knew that I was ready to finally deliver my idea worth spreading. Although I was extremely nervous, I felt that the words just flowed out and I was able to incorporate all of the points that I had struggled with that morning. The time went so fast that before I knew it I was finished and backstage.
The process of preparing the talk and delivering an idea that I had been wanting to share for so long was thrilling and invigorating. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk and become a part of the TEDxCherryCreek community. I am disheartened that we did not get to participate in the usual social events that surround TEDx events and that I didn’t get a chance to meet, in person, the other amazing presenters, but I know that during these challenging times we are all fighting for a better future.