Today I’m thankful for the excitement of chasing a dream.
Yup, today I took a step towards dream #102 – Speak at a TED Talk. I’ve put in my application to be a potential speaker at the event. Do I have a snowball’s chance in Hell of being selected? Probably not, but I knew the odds of them calling me if I didn’t turn in an application was even lower. 🙂 I can only imagine how many hundreds / thousands of applications they’ve received, I’ll just be happy that they read mine and possibly give me some feedback to help me get in some future time.
I’m feeling kinda like when I buy a lottery ticket once every three years when the jackpot is over $100 million. I’m already excited, dreaming and seeing myself on stage all while realizing there is almost no chance of the successful end I’m thinking of. That being said, there’s this little glimmer of “what if.”
What if I’m selected? What if I gave the presentation of a lifetime? What if I was able to help many people that needed to hear what I was talking about? What if…
What if I’m not selected? What if they don’t even call or email to tell me no? What if my application was so bad that they’d never consider me again? What if…
Some of you may be wondering why the hell I’d even bring this up in a public setting like this. Yes, getting rejected means that everyone who reads this will know that I was rejected. I’m okay with that. The excitement of chasing this dream is totally worth it. Who knows, maybe it will inspire someone else to chase a dream they think was impossible. How cool would that be?
Today I’m thankful for the excitement of chasing a dream, one of the greatest feelings there is. I’m not waiting for life to happen to me, I’m taking steps to make life happen.