We drove down early to San Diego to participate in the TEDxAmericasFinestCities event. When we arrived, were greeted by the friendly host committee and then directed to a green room adjacent to the stage with full makeup services, craft services and a staff who was there to support you however was needed. What a treat!
It was my first TEDx talk and I was so nervous. Would they like me? Would I be inspiring? In preparing my father told me that in order to be "inspiring," you must be inspired. I took my nerves and turned them into excitement and the moment I stepped foot on that stage and made eye contact with the audience, it was clear that my story was no longer about me, but about them. Each and every audience member. I shared my story about a group of 26 students, who together, we rode 4,000 miles across country. The audience laughed, they cried and in the end, were inspired. I had one gentleman come up to me at the end and tell me that I should tour it around to college. W