my tedx talk: space shuttles, cancer and life -- and the 30% that binds them

Last summer I was selected by NASA to attend the NASATweetup at the final space shuttle launch, securing a spot by throwing my name in the hat for their Twitter contest. What followed was a whirlwind of activity, but it's safe to say I came home with 150 new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Cut to four months later: a TEDx organizer who'd read my article on "How to Put on a TEDx Show" contacted me, and after corresponding back and forth, she asked if I would like to speak at TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon. Even though her event was taking place 2 days after my own show (TEDxIntuit at work), I said yes because, well, it's the opportunity to speak at a TEDx and who says no to that?

TED's mantra is "ideas worth spreading" and folks usually get up at TED and TEDx to share their "one idea." I began thinking about my life. What one thing would I want to tell folks about, given the chance? It became pretty clear, pretty quickly, that it would include my battles with cancer and how that dovetailed with the emotion I felt at watching people leave Earth in front of me in July at Kennedy Space Center.

What's it like to give a TEDx talk? Thrilling, terrifying, exhilarating, and humbling. I won't tell you how I think I did...I'm my own worst critic. So I'll share Mike Maney's thoughts when he shared the talk on Facebook:

"Wonderful, touching and inspiring TEDx talk by my friend Kara DeFrias about the space shuttle, cancer and life...and the 30% that binds them."

There you have it.

Related posts:
On Being Invited by NASA to the Final Space Shuttle Launch
L-2 Days 'Til Launch: Arrival in Cape Canaveral for #NASATweetup
L-1 Day 'Til Launch: Day 1 #NASATweetup Recap
L-0 Launch Day: Live from Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch for #NASATweetup


Babydreams2011 said…
You my friend continue to amaze me.. That is all..
CaliforniaKara said…
Aww, thanks. :)

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