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Rachel Miller


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What's your story?

Unlike a typical "question-answer" forum, I am deeply interested in learning the stories of people from around the world. There's no "right" or "wrong," just a space for sharing what makes you, you!

TED and TEDx speakers are given a literal stage for sharing their story, their passion. But what about YOUR story? And YOUR passion? Every single person - an official TED-talker or not! - deserves a platform for sharing their story.

Ever since I can remember, my parents have always said "You ask too many questions!" because I've always been a curious person (and especially a curious child - I bet my parents didn't think they would have to answer so many questions about, well, everything!). As an adult, that curiosity has turned into a fascination with learning about why we are the way we are, and how we get to where we are right now.

"What's your passion?" is actually a pretty loaded question. Because within it is history, hope, pain, experience, knowledge, and the list goes on. But by starting to ask ourselves what defines our "story" and our "passion," I truly believe that this is where our hope for a better future begins.

Maybe you're still figuring out what your passion is, or what it means for your own life. That's ok! I believe that by starting the dialogue about our story, the themes of passion unfold by looking in retrospect over our lives.

So, what's your passion? Where does your story start? And where is it now?

I'm excited to read your responses!


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  • Aug 3 2013: I will tell you and it is true.
    Some words are in..."..." because language is lacking.
    Once, I clearly remember gazing down on this planet. A "voice" "said", "Go down there."
    I "said", "I don't want to." It "said", "Go. It's only for a short time."
    I did. I wished I hadn't.
    My identity was completely destroyed by the time I was 5. I knew, as a child, that I was a totally f.....cked
    up human being by that age. The only "self" I found was that of a person in the body of a leaf. Blown by stronger forces to whereever they took me. It took me 60 years to untangle myself from the entangled ball of twine I was born into. Yet, that was not freedom nor identity for I found my own string, my own piece of twine was itself, filled with knots that had to be undone in order to one day be supple and free and relaxed. Consequently, for most of my life I had been living a lie. l......i......e ......based upon the "nots" I had been taught.
    In a great rage, I one day climbed a tree only to find the word "faith" at the top. I kicked and kicked and kicked until I was able to kick the "f" out of it and watched as the "f" floated down like a leaf, fluttering back and forth until it landed,
    in between the letters "i" & "e" of the lie I had been living, thus creating the word.........l....i....f....e
    Oh, what would my life have been like IF I could have had but a little "f"...aith in it? It was then I learned that life is like the last three letters of the word life....it's.......if......e (iffy)
    I know very little, but I know it.
    It is close to nothing. I believe in nothing.
    After all, everything came from nothing.
    How could anyone believe in anything else, without first believing in nothing?
    Now I am close to leaving and would like it very much IF I could find that "voice" that told me to, "Go down there."
    So I came to believe in what I know. In that way, I have faith in what I know. I call myself a .... faithiest.

    Who am I? I don't know. Hence, my chosen name: Random Chance
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      Aug 13 2013: Random, what is the greatest truth you have discovered in life thus far? Understandably, we often come across lies in our lives that make us question what we believe. But I am interested in what you have discovered as a truth?
      • Aug 18 2013: Rachel,
        Life is experiencing everything we (humans) once knew,
        But never had to go through.

        The mind creates the abyss,
        And the heart must cross this.

        Don't worry, something good will happen.
        If it doesn't?
        Don't worry, something bad will happen.

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