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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 22 2013: My story:

    I've been heartbroken, disillusioned, angry and bitter.
    But I've also felt love, peace, happiness, security and have been overwhelmed with the wonders of this world, especially the people in it.

    My story is that I also want to learn about others' stories. I think listening to someone else and making the intention to notice them wholly and completely, allowing them to contradict your preconceptions and inevitable judgments, allows us to live completely in the present moment.

    I'm starting an art project out of this hypothesis...I invite you to check it out :) Its an art project that seeks to bring together a dozen strangers from around the world through sharing experiences and honoring the artist in all of us: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2090904735/kollidescopic-creations

    Peace and love,
    Emily

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