I am being transparent and sharing with you, that I was very disappointed!
As you know, I’ve left my nursing career to help create a culture
of change where we normalize conversations about grief and talk about it
BEFORE it arrives too. One of the things I’ve wanted to do is a Ted Talk.
For those who don’t know what they are (and if you don’t, you google it!),
they are “Ideas Worth Spreading”, in 18 minutes or less.
It’s been on my bucket list from day one.
I was well-prepared, I applied and was short listed, from 100 to 14 people
(very exciting!!). Then I went for an interview and it went very well; except one
of the interviewers was not able to attend. But the person I spoke with was very enthusiastic about my message. I felt hopeful. But a couple of weeks later,
I received an email letting me down apologetically. I did not make the final cut.
I was SO deeply disappointed, because Ted Talks are such a wonderful way
to share your message and so validating when you’re a speaker. I realize,
just like grief, life and everything in between… it’s like a roller coaster.
I’ve had great successes lately; my Alumnus of Distinction Award,
I’m was on the organizing committee and speaking at an international hospice/palliative care conference in Boston and much more.
So many great things and yet I had to feel my deep disappointment.
I had a little pity party—not going to lie—and I was a little crabby
(just ask my family!). And then I moved on! I know I will do my Ted Talk.
Disappointments are a part of this life journey we call life.
Acknowledge and allow your feelings, then brush yourself off and keep on going.
And I promise you—I will announce here and now—that I will do my Tedx Talk before the end of 2019. Mark my word and hold me to it!
Have you been disappointed lately—and moved on???
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