I first heard about TED talks the way many of us do, from an email with the subject line “10 TED Talks that will change your life.” After about the fourth email, each from a different person, I opened it. What I found was a handful of motivational talks that focus on “ideas worth spreading”—the TED organization’s mission.
My first TED talk hooked me from the beginning
Maybe because I’m a 20-something, or maybe because the speaker’s name was Meg, the first TED talk that immediately grabbed my attention was titled “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” Watch Meg Jay's talk to see why it hooked me from very beginning.
Meg, a therapist, spent her 15-minute talk motivating 20-somethings who have been ingrained with the idea that “life can happen later, enjoy the now, and figure out the rest later.” She encouraged people to let go of the idea that your 20s aren’t important, arguing instead that it’s a transformative decade where you can take control of your identity.
As a 20-something myself, I believe every word of that is true. Do I have an exact road map for my 20s? Absolutely not. Do I have control of my 20s? Absolutely.
In a few weeks the RVA community will have the chance to see similar “ideas worth spreading.” TEDxRVA 2014 will be held Friday, March 28, with the them of “re___”—as in, re-imagine, repair, realize, re-think.
Join the TEDxRVA conversation
We are in a time where we must all look twice at decisions, processes and assumptions. “Re___” leaves a space for you to decide, what is your “re___”? Now you can join the conversation.
Tune into the TEDxRVA “re___” conversation this week with a Tweet Chat organized by Rhudy & Co. on Tuesday, March 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. The TEDxRVA team and some of the participating speakers will be there to ask and answer questions.
Meg closed her TED talk by saying “30 is not the new 20. Claim your identity. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.” In other words, create or maybe even recreate who you are.
Megan Jacoby is a 20-something navigating through this crazy ride we call life. She can’t promise it will be graceful, but it sure will be fun. Megan serves on the communications team for TEDxRVA thanks to Rhudy & Co.'s in-kind sponsorship of the 2014 event.