Presenting at the UBC SLC this weekend felt big.
I’ve presented to large crowds before, so it wasn’t the size of the room that made it feel big. A handful of familiar faces in the crowd made the space seem more intimate than it was (thanks for being there).
It felt big because it was the first time the topic at hand was our story: the story of the Corker Kids. And that’s truly what I feel like at times – a kid. (Especially when Steph comes into my room and jumps on my bed and we spend the morning laughing at each other. What are we, 12?)
I find ease in presenting to audiences when the topic at hand is goal setting, or how to create a connected community, or what the most important thing to know about becoming a <insert job title here> is. That requires understanding a subject matter. The game changes when the subject matter becomes myself. My self and our message.
The message that big dreams are what drives this world. That love is bigger and more valuable than we can ever imagine (read: 2 am is the perfect time to call to say “I love you”). That being true to ourselves (about who we are, what wakes us up in the morning, and what our legacy is) provides us with absolute and total freedom. And that, if everything can change so much in a year, imagine what the future really truly has in store for us!
The accolades, the tweets of praise, and the handwritten notes that we got following our session was (and still is) heartwarming. We have the notes on our fridge – cause they’re a big deal to us.
What grounds me in all this is the reminder that we are all alike.
We breathe the same air. We walk the same earth. We have fears and dreams.
And we all long to be happy and connected.
In every way possible – be it biological, spiritual, social – we’re actually more alike than we are different.
And if you ever see me as special, or gifted, or inspiring, as a role model, or even as a little odd – it simply means that you have uncovered that same quality within yourself. And because it is within you, you too can embody that quality for someone else – yourself included. (Embrace it.)
A big, heartfelt thank you to all those who attended our session.
It felt big. It was nerve racking. And it was oh so cool to do it all side-by-side with my sis.
Thanks. (and see you next year!)
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