So how did it feel standing on the TEDx stage?

It felt freaking great. Someone asked me if I was glad it was over and I said, “No!” I loved that audience, my fellow speakers and I had a grand time. While back stage, we all felt nervous but I stared at the big red dot from the wings and I whispered to my fellow speakers, “We are not nervous, we are excited!” And I believed it.

Some of you were there live. Others saw the streaming video the next day which is taken down for now. But they will post the videos in a few weeks and I will share. I appreciate your support so much. And you are all included in this presentation because it was all of you that made it possible.

I wore fake eyelashes for the first time. The makeup artist applied them and I don’t think I will again because they look freaking great and I fear they’ll be addictive. Besides that, they take require the fine motor ambidextrous talent of a Cirque d’ Soleil performer. And after, when I left the stage and cried, the glue ran into my eyes and onto my contacts blurring my vision. At least it was after. So while applying first aid to my ailing vision backstage, I missed my peeps who fortunately tracked me down during the after event, “Walk the block.” They burst through the door, “There you are'” and told me how great I was which is what friends do.

And I hate to break it to my fellow speakers but my mom told me I was the best. Yes, that completely impartial woman who gave birth to me thought I nailed it. This is the part where you laugh.

 

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

9 thoughts on “So how did it feel standing on the TEDx stage?”

  1. Anne Moss, I did not get to hear your presentation. I am sure it was amazing. Would love to listen to it when it comes back on. What an inspiration you are. Keep up your good work. Your Mom must be so proud of you…

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