This was the first time I had ever given a talk on a big stage. With no notes. And a clock set at 9 minutes. In front of 2, 500 people. It came right after the flood in Boulder, so we were given no time to rehearse on stage. I got a hotel room, closed the curtains almost completely and let the sun shine through a sliver of space. It felt like a spotlight. I am not good at memorizing. Not so good at talking to a sea of darkness. Also did not anticipate the reaction to each picture which sent my timing all off.
In the end, there is the sound of my father singing. The core message of believing in what you love and building a life around that. And…those pants which I thought were a good idea.