When people ask me how it went, I defer to people who were in the audience for the talk, because much of it was a blur that I barely remember, but also because I only have that perspective and think that the audience is the authority in terms of how good of a talk it was. In that sense, it was a good talk, from what I hear.
The entire day of the event was grand. I learned so much and was exposed to so many perspectives different from my own. The networking and connections made was incredibly valuable for me. Speaking to people and hearing their thoughts and responses to the event was humbling. Watching art and hearing Tonguebyte for the first time live was a great experience in which I lost myself. I made friends. And that, for me, is priceless. I even became closer friends with a person. I now feel closer to Matthew because we will forever have this shared experience. We worked together. And we did it. Together.
After I skated off the TED stage with Colton, I felt so disruptive. As we flew past the curtain, Colton and I looked at each other knowing that we accomplished something grand together. I felt elated. I also felt relieved knowing that I was done talking on such a big stage. To go off of what Colton was saying, I was only able to view the experience from my eyes. I didn’t feel like I deserved it. The hors d’oeuvres, the connections, the excitement. It felt surreal.
Even more surreal was the experience of meeting other amazing individuals associated with MSU Denver. In particular, I would like to shout out to Dr.Heath and Dr.Campbell, for bringing big ideas to people’s hearts and minds. From talking with these individuals, I remembered why I value our university so much. In my view, these folks were able to frame societal issues in a way that seems manageable. I felt inspired knowing that people at our university were trying to make the world a better place, not just for themselves, but for everyone. In a world that’s slowly catching on fire, that’s the kind of disruption that we need.