to me at @birthdaypresence
doing one of my favorite things on earth - speaking to a group.
I grew up the second of six kids. In a big family, it can be hard to get a word in edgewise. Early on I learned that public speaking allowed me the chance to have, ya know, all ears on me - for once!
It started when I was cast as Dorothy in our school’s production of The Wizard of Oz at age 9. I sang my solo and nailed my lines and looked out past the bright lights - and I felt seen and heard. I loved it!
In high school, I joined the forensics team - speech and debate, my friends, not crime-solving. My favorite categories were Extemporaneous and Impromptu - I was given a topic, offered a bit of time to prepare to speak on it, and then I gave a speech. I also loved Declamation, which involved me memorizing and performing a famous speech. I will never forget when a judge noted that he wasn’t convinced that I had done Susan B. Anthony justice when giving one of her speeches, because I sounded too angry. 🤷🏽♀️
Now I relish opportunities to share myself with groups of colleagues and strangers, in this case to talk about the power of hand expression, and my journey of understanding all that was/is possible within my own body. It’s so much fun for me. And I learn and I learn, and others offer me their stories, and I am changed.
And I am grateful!
Forever and ever amen. 💫❤️🙌🏽