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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 9 2013: Ok let's see, what is my story!!
    I am an Electronics Engineer,when i was young i wasn't ordinary child like every child in Sudan, i went through a lot of bad stuff growing up that i still think are effecting my life, also i was destined to go in the same way as my big brother and sister and make the same mistakes and all. BUT guess what i didn't. At some point of my life i woke up and realized the meaning of "how to treat each others right and how to become a better person", it started with the way i treat my parents, and it was a fight to do it, i worked very hard to make them trust me and treat me like i was treating them, in a different way than my bro and sis, the success in doing that gave me confidence to change other aspect of my life like my relationship with god, so i started to but god in front of me while dealing with everything cause as i am a Muslim, this relation with god is the most important relation in my life. So i started to leave a lot of bad things, i didn't lie, steal, envy, disrespect others, and others things. i became a better person, and that got me thinking why others don't try to change, and then i started to focus on the word "WHY" , it was my first answer to everything and like you #Rachel Miller said i wanted to know what makes people behave the way they do?, what drives them?, and i gave my self the nick name "the truth seeker" , that's why i replied to your post and i read the answers and shared mine for the first time, even though it's shortcut and kinda messy.
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      Aug 13 2013: Marwa, I am so happy that you are sharing your story for the first time here! Hopefully it is just the first of many times that you empower others by sharing your own experiences because we all have something to learn from each person we encounter. I am very curious - in your interactions with other people, what has been the most interesting "why" answer you have come across?

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