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Taffi and TEDxHouston

From: Judy C.
Sent on: Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:18 PM



I'm not going to say that attending a TEDxevent was life changing, but it was DARM NEAR IT! Where do I start...I don't think that I can without this being long winded, but here we go___.

TEDxHouston started at 10:00 am today, and I must have read my email wrong (which I quite often do), I thought it was set for 9am, so naturally I got there at 7:50am since I wanted to ensure that I got a great seat (ya'll know that I'm a nerd already so I'm not even going to justify my actions). I went to check in, and made eye contact with one of the volunteers thinking that I either knew her, or vice versa...she then mentioned something about her being a member of the Houston Shakers, Taffi - my first surreal moment of the day.

There were over 400 people in attendance, 395 of which I didn't know. So I did what I naturally do when I don't know anyone at an event,  I started to pry my way into the crowd, and talk to various groups of people that I don't know, like a creeper (sort of). I cannot tell you how much my energy was amplified by my surroundings, there was this smile/smirk that I couldn't wipe off. One of my favorite moments of the day was listening to a group of men talk about social change, crowd sourcing, and hippy skippy stuff. I interjected and asked who had lived in Houston for more than 15 years, and only one man answered yes. I then asked him if he would have thought this conversation would ever be possible if he was asked 10 years ago...he said that he never thought that he would be talking to people like this ever in Houston - W O W exclamation point

Oh, and then there were the TED Talks...they're a lot like the ones that we see on hmmmm. There were moments where I literally felt chills going down my spine, and many moments when I felt ____ as I peered amongst the Tedsters. It's interesting how differently our mind works in the sense of what I find riveting to the point where I'm literally on the edge of my seat that someone else may deem boring, or a talk that I used every neuron in my brain to fight off REM sleep, someone found enlightening. One of the speakers said that her music group brought together people, who otherwise would have never met - kind of like this group.

It's comforting to know that I'm not alone in my views or values. There was a point when Nilofer Merchant, one of the speakers, asked the audience, "Who are you?" As Tedster after Tedster shouted out their answers, I quietly thought to myself, "I'm a former closet nerd, who has finally accepted her fate."

So as I part my night's message to you TShakes tonight, I will not include a TED video. I will however part with this quote, 

"Only those who risk going too far will possibly find out how far we can go." - T.S. Eliot 





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