Today, during my weekly call with my life coach (yes, I am a life coach that has a life coach) we talked about what I want to create with my TEDx talk that is happening this Thursday night, November 8, 2018.
Here’s a bit of what we talked about and what we created in our conversation …
What is possible if I completely open my heart and give my TEDx Talk from my most vulnerable, raw place?
If I were to completely open my heart and be as vulnerable as possible, here is everything I fear.
I’m afraid I’ll …
completely lose my way in the talk
get so overwhelmed by the memories and emotions and sadness of caring for my dying mother that I can’t go on with the talk
not be able to sing
my singing voice will be off-pitch and sound horrible
run out of time (TED only gives you 18 minutes maximum to give a talk)
At this point in my preparation process, my talk is polished and well-rehearsed (to the extreme). I’ve given it to 15+ groups of people as of today. I’ve rented rehearsal spaces to work on it and even had a friend get me into her school auditorium to give me the chance to practice on a big stage (beyond the time I get during our dress rehearsals).
But polished and well-rehearsed is not what connects to people’s hearts. Polished and well-rehearsed does not change lives. It is impressive. But I don’t give a shit about impressive. I give a shit about liberating everyone around loss and death.
Am I willing to lean into my emotion so much that I risk the whole thing crashing and burning? Torpedoing the whole thing because I am so in touch with the emotions and feelings of that 4 year journey with my Mom from diagnosis to death?