MY TEDX SPEECH. EMOTIONS AND FREEDOM.

Drop-curtains, and I am standing behind with a microphone already attached to the belt of my insanely beautiful dress, my dream dress…  Jovanotti (in the video) is speaking for 15 minutes already, and every time he says he is about to finish, I am about to faint  away in turn. And so he speaks for about 20 minutes total, and the presenter goes to the stage to announce my talk. No, I can’t faint, I can’t escape, and so I listen, I listen to the words he says about me… Something about how strong I am,  how I went on this search of freedom,  and through the difficulties I’ve risen.  Then the presentation with my name plays, and I walk to the stage,  slowly, but confidently (actually I was afraid to become a Cinderella and give my talk in one shoe only :)

I put my feet on the red rug, and allow myself 5 seconds to breathe  and look at so many people that are here for me, they are here to support me. Just before the speech, when I was rehearsing  in the lobby, a girl (with a beautiful name Ekaterina :D) came to me and said she is here to listen to MY talk,  that was so cheering up. My heart beats at 200 bpm, I take a deep breath, then I begin to speak…

“Have you ever wondered if whatever you are currently doing in your life is actually your own choice?”

Words come out of my mouth, I am trying to breathe with my diaphragm,  but I am still nervous. I go on speaking, and 10 minutes of my talk  fly faster than any other 10 minutes of my life…

“Having this pressure I was forced to come face to face with my label, not anymore I was conforming to the label that I carried during all my life…”

The curtain doesn’t draw, but I finish my talk and see people’s appreciation in a long and loud applause, and I walk back behind the curtain and realise that it is over, but the memories of that day will live forever.

“Thank you”.

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Rome, 7 May 2016

Special thanks to:

The team TEDx TorVergataU

Photo Asmara33 Fotografia

Drawing Sara Seravalle & Marco Serra


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2 Responses to “MY TEDX SPEECH. EMOTIONS AND FREEDOM.”

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    […] realise them all! During the conference I talked pretty much about the same things I highlighted at TEDx: stereotypes, labels, freedom, choices… I felt the need to share these ideas one more time […]

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