I spent the last few nights sitting in a recliner taking care of my son who was just born. I do not want to give out all the details but there was a close call, an emergency surgery, and a very worried husband. My world was rocked pretty hard. Fortunately everyone is home and doing well. I have not slept much. And during the nights, I could not seem to put my son down nor fall asleep with him while holding him. I decided to watch some TV to pass the time. “No mindless TV” I thought. I began binge watching Ted talks. I was in the mood for change, inspiration, self-improvement, and discovery. I started with the happiness videos and a funny thing happened. I got inspired and very excited. I started taking notes. I started thinking “oh my God, I need to tell other people to try this.” All kinds of things have been happening. I started meditating roughly 10-20 minutes a day with the help of apps like headspace and 10% happier. I feel like it has already been helping me not get caught up in thoughts. I then moved on to the videos on self-improvement and inspiration.
After watching all these videos, taking notes, embracing the lessons, and feeling the desire to improve myself, I also noticed the desire to do something else with my life. I came up with a new purpose for my life which is to be happy and to spread happiness. I get excited when I think about doing things such as 30 day challenges, write a novel in 30 days in November, seek out rejection, start a blog, and just doing things for others that feel like a true contribution. More importantly I am finally learning about me and what kind of life I should be living, not some scripted life where we are told what we are supposed to do.
So what can I conclude right now about all this? I think it is very hard to formulate a central theme to all this but I am thinking that it all leads to trying to live the best life I can and share it with others. Things are changing rapidly and I will need to provide an update but I can safely say that if you are ever feeling in a rut or in need of a pick me up, you should definitely try a TED talk binge. You might just end up changing the world.
I created a list of my TED Talk Binge highlights that I glance over often and it rapidly puts me into the right frame of mind and makes me feel better. This took quite a bit of time to create. I love this list. Feel free to download it here. Mike Mulick’s TED Talk Pearls
Here are a few of the videos that I think were important:
2. Want to be happy? Be grateful. Very simple and powerful by David Steindl-Rast
4. Need some inspiration? Scott Dinsmore’s talk can get you fired up.
5. More on meditating by Andy Puddicombe.
What do you think? Ever have a personal crisis that catapulted you into action and all kinds of great things came out of it? Drop a comment and let me hear about it. If you are interested in hearing more about my TED talk binge, I’ll be soon sharing a post where I get into my top 30 TED talks for inspiration and action.