Back in June, I gave a talk at TEDx­Cal­gary enti­tled “The Lan­guage of the Cre­ator”. I felt very lucky to have the oppor­tu­nity to share the story around The Com­mu­nity Fusion Project, lan­guage of the arts and rela­tion­ships. My great­est intent around doing the talk was that it would have some impact on folks and inspired them to think dif­fer­ently about the arts, cross-cultural rela­tion­ships, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and human­ity. In ret­ro­spect, a bit of a tall order I sad­dled myself with.

I wanted to con­vey ways in which we can all speak a sim­i­lar lan­guage and relate on a human basis in a respect­ful man­ner, through the lan­guage of the arts…the “lan­guage of the creator”.

Aside from becom­ing a par­ent, it was the scari­est thing that I ever did in my life.


I was afraid of lots of things - ensur­ing that the story that I told truth­fully cap­tured the thoughts I had around cross-cultural rela­tion­ships, that I didn’t fall flat on my face, for­get my story, embar­rass my lov­ing hus­band, parents.…or even worse, the TEENAGERS in the house­hold.  I was afraid of try­ing to tell too many sto­ries, of leav­ing impor­tant things out of the nar­ra­tive and mak­ing sure I fell within my time limit. For me, it was very impor­tant to hon­our all of these rela­tion­ships  and my extended Abo­rig­i­nal fam­ily and friends in Canada and Australia.


A few weeks ago, Emily McManus, Edi­tor of wrote a won­der­ful arti­cle on the TED Blog where speak­ers tell their sto­ries about What It’s Like To Give A TEDx Talk. The result­ing com­ments have been rich and inspiring.

I was  god-smacked by pho­tog­ra­pher and artist  Aastha Kankariya who describes her­self as “Ein­stein by brain & Shake­speare at heart” when she wrote:

“I am a sev­en­teen year old, and I am sup­pose to speak at a upcom­ing TEDx in India called TEDxS­in­hagad. I really some­times feel I might just fail at this and not do a per­fect job.

So, my men­tor told me: “Aastha. your prob­lem is that you aim about being perfect…just try to be good – its the first step­ping stone to perfect…don’t get over ambitious.”

I under­stood that we just gotta be what we are and accept the medi­oc­rity of our work that it may even be bad or extremely good. :)”

“…we just gotta be what we are and accept the medi­oc­rity of our work — that it may be bad or extremely good.” - Aastha Kankariva

YESSS!.….What she said!!!

Aastha, I think you just hit “extremely good” and I feel that the future of the world is in excel­lent hands with you!

(You can fol­low her on Twit­ter here: @AasthaAK)

I’m so grate­ful for TED, TEDx and the oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with so many won­der­ful, insight­ful human beings through­out the globe.…including you.

What do you fear and accept?


Aastha Kankariya’s Blog
The Com­mu­nity Fusion Project — Los Angeles

TEDx Events and Infor­ma­tion
How To Fail- Seth Godin
How To Fail Well — Michael Hyatt
How to Accept Your­self — Steven Aitchison

  • Jan­ice Tanton

    And just a side­note? I can’t STAND to watch the video after the fact. I have hon­estly only watched it once since it came out, with a room­ful of art stu­dents in Red Deer, who were über-supportive and made me feel all warm and fuzzy (y’all know who you are).…and thank you for mak­ing me feel so lovely about it all.…but I’m still not watch­ing it again!

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