I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, I watch TED videos a lot. I can’t really remember how I stumbled on TED or what the first video I ever watched is because I’ve watched a lot, and I have lots that I downloaded and have as my personal stash, but I quickly got hooked immediately I encountered one. So one day, I saw a TED video with the topic why do ambitious women have flat heads by Dame Stephanie Shirley and it was an inspiring talk.
But what really touched me about her talk was when she said that she was an unaccompanied kindertransport Jewish child refugee from Germany during Hitler’s crazy quest to annihilate Jews from the face of the earth. Her parents put her on a train in July 1939 and that saved her life, therefore because she counts herself fortunate, she decided to live a life that was worth saving and she has gone on to not only be a successful business woman but also a big philanthropist with different awards of excellence.
And this got me thinking, I don’t really know if everyone, or a lot of people, but I know that a few people in the world has gone through something, or had an experience that should have destroyed them, maybe destroy is a strong word, but kept them at a place of hopelessness, hate, etc. but somehow they were able to make it to the other side, survived and broke free. It could be- breaking free from an abusive marriage, a rape/abuse survivor, breaking free from addiction, a formal armed robber that saw the light and turned his life around, a prostitute that somehow cleaned up and got her/his life together, someone that survived an accident, survived an attempted murder or even a war survivor. And through all these you still have your life, you’ve let a little light shine through the darkness of that experience, but despite your survival you’re living just to get by, just to keep your head above water and you’ve never thought, what can I do to make my life worth saving, not even minding how you were able to survive that experience but the opportunity was given to you that had you grow through it.
Maybe you’ve thought about it, maybe you know what it is you can and want to do, but you’re laden with excuses for why you haven’t begun or why you keep putting it off. Or maybe you’re like me that don’t know where to start. But just like Dame Stephanie Shirley was able to find her way, she has shown that it is possible. That you can come from a place of hurt, confusion or nothing and you can build something worthwhile that not only benefits you as a person, but something that would impact a lot of lives and have the world stand up and clap when you speak.
My question today is, what is stopping you? What is stopping me?