My TEDx Talk: "I Can See Stars" (Space Shuttle Atlantis, Cancer and Life)

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


Your presentation and message were touching. Cool addition to your speaking resume. Linda
CaliforniaKara said…
Thanks so much, Linda! :)
JV said…
"The quality of your character is defined by how you react when the going gets tough."
"It's not what life holds for you, but what you bring to it."

Good stuff, Kara. Really good stuff.
CaliforniaKara said…
Thanks, JV! :)

While it may not be evident by my lack of memorization, a lot of thought went into each turn of phrase.