Honored, Hopeful

Today I decided to hop on over to TedxLincoln.com to check out their "latest news."  Other than seeing a post promoting our upcoming ghetto raft TedxAdventure (which you should sign up for, cause it's free and awesome) I noticed that photos had been posted.  I looked through the photos, taken by the super talented photographers we had at Tedx and noticed that they had not only captured images of the speakers, but the audience had been photographed qhite a bit as well.

I didn't have a bunch of time to look through all of the photos, so I quickly skimmed, and found the photos taken of the audience during my talk.  Those images said it all.  It was one of the most incredible things that I have ever seen.

The average age of the Tedx audience was probably around 18, and as I looked I saw each and every eye fixated towards the stage.  It's a bit humbling and frightening to think of, but they were all looking directly at me, giving my message their full attention.  

When you look around a group of 10-25 year olds and none of them are looking at their phones, you know they're focussed for a reason.  I should know, I'm  only 20.  This gave me hope.

It's not every day that you get the opportunity to tell your message to such an engaged, and motivated group of individuals.  Now, over 200 more people are aware of the sex trafficking situation in Nepal.  They know how I'm fighting it, and I hope with all of my heart that they find their own way to fight for freedom.  

So, to all of my viewers, 

Thank you, Sam
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Photo by Kevin J. Beaty