A few years back, I remember watching Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and falling for a girl who was closer to my age than any of the other performers. She was not a shy kid they nudged on stage at the last minute, she was bold, loud and her voice came out as clear and as piercing as a piano tuner checking his work.
Sarah Kay, founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, began performing spoken word when she was only 14 years old. Learning from the best, she would sit in New York City’s Bowery Poetry Club and learn how words could move you from your seat or hit your heart so hard you felt a weight tying you to them. Since those days, Sarah has gone on to be the teacher, sharing her gift with others and convincing them that they too have a gift within.
In her TED Talk, Sarah begins with a poem that reads, “If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B …because that way she knows that no matter what happens she can find her way back to me.”
The poem made me think of what I would tell the little person that one-day calls me mother. While I don’t plan to be that person anytime soon, I am learning to curate and articulate the truths I believe in and the things I know for sure about life that will not change. To be honest, it’s a small list, but it has room to grow.
Today, begin to curate your truths and what you know for sure. They just may be the words someone’s been waiting on.