The opportunity to give a TEDx talk was something I saw as a creative outlet to articulate this positive energy I’ve felt from embracing, instead of feeling embrarrsed by, what makes us different.
If I had to summarize my TEDx (TBD YouTube link) talk in a sentence, it’s the following:
While we often can’t change what we don’t like about ourselves – for me, it is my height – we can learn to appreciate these attributes for how they challenge us to apply ourselves in new ways, as well as rethink our outlook, where we ultimately become stronger and better creative problem-solvers.
I never want my height to define me, but I’ve accepted that I’ll never stand as tall as others. Despite this frustration (and condescending comments from others), I’m learning to be ok with standing out. I can’t grow physically, but I certainly can grow in other ways to align with this ethos in order to discover new ideas and better understand different people.