I am sitting.
Around me are my fellow speakers, waiting with a nervousness that is palpable.
The hosts are on stage talking, but I don’t hear a thing. The only sound traveling to my ears is the music playing from my headphones.
Be in the moment. Be in the moment.
I take a deep breath. I sit up straight. My palms are sweaty, yet I don’t feel nervous, just… uncertain.
BE IN THE MOMENT.
I decide to put my headphones away and listen for the first time. I can feel the atmosphere. I take in my surroundings. I gradually become aware.
My gaze shifts from the hands in my lap to the stage. I see the venue for the first time. Naturally I look upwards. Towering high above is an archway with symbols from all different religions spanned across. I see the Sanskrit Om, a Star and Crescent, Buddha, a Yin Yang, and others I don’t recognize. In the center is the Hamsa Hand, the ancient palm and eye symbol, looking down over us with reassurance.
It hits me, and I smile. By the power of the collective ideologies of humanity, this stage has been blessed. There was no need to be uncertain anymore.
The universe just gave me the thumbs up. I am good to go do my thing.
TED Blog Series
Part 6: 5 Powerful Lessons I Learned as a TED Speaker
Part 4: The Day Before TED
Part 3: Back to the Past – Returning Home for TED
Part 2: In the Air – En Route to TED
Part 1: 4 Weeks to Inspire the World – Becoming a TED Speaker