In commemoration of Hiroshima Day, I’m sharing an inspiring presentation by Spoken Word Artist Sarah Kay at TED which includes a moving piece about Hiroshima.

She also shares much from her life experience which is tinged deeply with embracing failure…

  • “Now I know that the number one rule to being cool is to seem unfazed, to never admit that anything scares you or impresses you or excites you. Somebody once told me it’s like walking through life like this. You protect yourself from all the unexpected miseries or hurt that might show up. But I try to walk through life like this. And yes, that means catching all of those miseries and hurt, but it also means that when beautiful, amazing things just fall out of the sky, I’m ready to catch them. I use spoken word to help my students rediscover wonder, to fight their instincts to be cool and unfazed and, instead, actively pursue being engaged with what goes on around them, so that they can reinterpret and create something from it.”

The failure embracing lessons and sentiments she shares poetically as well…

  • “And she’s going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face,
          Wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach.
         
    But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way
         
    To remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.
         
    There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by Band-Aids or poetry.
         
    So the first time she realizes that Wonder Woman isn’t coming,
         
    I’ll make sure she knows she doesn’t have to wear the cape all by herself
         
    Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers,
         
    Your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal.”
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