I love TED Talks okay. I think they’re so interesting, fascinating, educational – you name it. I lovelovelove them. I have a few favourites (though I’m constantly finding new ones all the time) that I thought I’d share with you today because they’re so beneficial to watch and I really think you’ll gain something from them. I love allowing myself to become immersed in someone else’s world and thoughts and a lot of the time I just end up sitting there emphatically nodding my head like yes (!!) I agree, I’m so glad you’re speaking about this. There’s so much to learn and each talk challenges something whether it be stereotypes, gender or simply just presenting the discussion of a taboo topic – each talk makes me feel empowered because I love education and I love challenging everything and having open discussions on topics that would otherwise be hidden behind closed doors.
Here are some TED talks you need to watch…
i’m taking my body back – rupi kaur
I’ve tried (and failed) to get into Rupi Kaur’s TED talks before, because I’m an avid watcher of them and thought I may be able to experience her in a different light through watching her spoken word poetry. This one, I forced myself to sit and watch and within minutes I was captivated. This is a beautiful story about how your body is your home, and nobody can take that away from you. Nobody can come and claim that, no one can invade it because it is not theirs to take, it never has been and it never will be. Near the end of this video there’s a section where Rupi mentions her younger self – her 5, 10, 15 year old self, past versions that were sat in this home curled up in the corner scared and frightened to turn on the lights, and as a 24 year old woman she enters that home, scoops up these frightened girls and tells them it’s okay, it’s not your fault, you will always have a home here – and that resonated with me like no other. I pray to God that no one reading this can relate to Rupi’s story and the words she speaks throughout this video, but I think it is something we all need to watch, because everyone needs an idea of home.
have you met your soulmate? – ashley clift-jennings
In this talk, Ashley challenges the idea of gender and what love really is – what makes your soulmate, your soulmate? Looks? Personality? How intelligent they are? The way they make you laugh? It’s different for everybody, but when you look into it…deep down…what is it, and how does that affect you as a person – how does that ‘label’ you? What does it make you? What does it make the other person – your soulmate? All that matters at the end of the day, is that it makes you happy.
everyday sexism – laura bates
This is actually a book that I’ve had on my TBR list for months so when I stumbled across this TED Talk that Laura had given I was like WOOOO (I don’t know how I didn’t find it sooner). This talk was so well delivered, so articulate, so statistical and informative and Laura presents it in a way that is non-blaming and non-attacking (for lack of better wording). It comes from a place of education rather than opinion which I think was a very clever thing for her to do as this way, it allows a wider audience to actually accept it…if you get what I’m saying. A very informative and a very well delivered speech, I think this is a huge eye opener for a lot of people – if I was going to show them a speech on feminism and sexism, it would be this.
parenting a gender non-conforming child – michele yulo
So educational and so eye opening…every day things that we just accept and pass by suddenly become things that we question and think actually…why are things like this? So relatable, Michelle Yulo really connects with the listener in a way that you would a friend, it really makes you listen to what she’s saying and realise how ridiculous the world can be and how damaging marketing is to anyone that’s exposed to it. It makes you realise the affect that we have on children and the way they see themselves and I hope that anyone who watches this can come to the same agreement. I am already of the same mindset as Michele so I was extremely happy after I’d watched this talk and thought thank you for speaking about this because it’s so, so important. Don’t let the world put you in a box.
accepting my transgender daughter – elizabeth august
This speech filled me with so much warmth I can’t tell you. I love this because Elizabeth is so real in what she’s saying, she’s very open and honest and doesn’t try to stand there and convince everyone this journey was easy for her – she admits she found it hard to accept and that she was worried what other people would think, she admits she cried over it, she admits she felt like she’d lost the child that she brought into the world. This speech is so honest and open and you can feel every emotion that Elizabeth is projecting, including the love and admiration she has for her daughter. I absolutely adored this and I think it’s extremely helpful for anyone trying to educate themselves on the topic or who is maybe going through something similar with their child – it lets you know it’s okay to feel certain things and that it’s a journey you must go through together. I applaud this woman for taking to the stage and opening up to the world with her story, these are the things that truly make me smile.
the muslim on the airplane – amal kassir
In terms of speakers, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more articulated person that has delivered something so well. This was absolutely brilliant, so powerful yet so relatable at the same time. Amal Kassir is teaching you and educating you, but she’s also standing alongside you and saying hey, don’t worry, we’re all the same. This was such a brilliantly well done speech and I’m so glad I came across it. It made me feel so empowered, so strong, so motivated. This is honestly one of the best speeches I’ve ever seen and you’d be crazy not to watch it.
BTS Unicef Speech
This isn’t a TED Talk but I had to include it. This speech brought me to tears. First of all, to stand up and do a speech like this in the first place takes a lot of guts. To write a speech so beautiful takes a lot of skill… but to then deliver that speech in such an educated and well spoken manner in a language that’s not even yours just blows my mind. This is one of the most beautiful, well delivered speeches I’ve seen and English isn’t even Namjoon’s first language. Blows my mind. Such an intelligent, articulate and educated individual, I literally couldn’t be more proud. Like I said, this brought me to tears, it was beautiful. Without sounding weird, it felt like some of the lines came from my own mouth – who are you? What’s your name? I resonated with every word. This is something I’ll refer back to over and over again. It’s one of my favourite things ever. This is a speech I’ll never forget. Thank you Namjoon.
And there we have it! Hope you enjoyed this post angels, I thought it was something a little different (but something I’m also extremely passionate about) so I thought it would be nice to share.
Do you watch TED talks? Do you have any favourites? Let me know!
All my love,