TEDxKraków 2017: Turning Point

Hello, welcome to Your Crossroads.

There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision.
When you know there will forever be a Before and an After…
I knew there would be no turning back if I designated this moment as my own Prime Meridian from which everything else would be measured.
— Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Let’s just talk about change for a second, shall we?

Yep, things just got real. Or didn’t they? Talking about change is one thing, but living through it is another.

How do we deal with change? How do we plan for it? How do we prepare for it?

And how do we implement it on a bigger scale, outside of ourselves? How do we sell the idea of change as a ship that everyone should get on board with? How do we choose which ships to shore, which ships to anchor, which ships to set out and explore the world with?

Changing oneself is hard enough. And you wish to change the world?

What happens, when it’s all said and done — when you’ve planned, prepared, implemented, dealt, predicted, orchestrated, manipulated, influenced, directed… and yet — life throws you a curveball?

What do you when change is no longer a choice, when it’s no longer an improvement, when it’s thrown onto you, and you have no choice but to adapt or die? How do you deal with the loss of control over your own life, over what surrounds you?

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

This year, we’re ripping ourselves out of our own contexts. The bandaid will come off, because it has to. It might hurt a little, but we promise — it’s worth it.

Routine is at once freedom as much as it’s a prison. We need a little shock to our system; we need to pull back so that we can gain perspective and think one step ahead. Regain that control. Make that decision. Take that decisive step.

This year, we’re standing with you at the crossroads. Between Plan A and Plan B. Between the known and the unknown. Past and present. Orchestrated and spontaneous. Influenced and influencer. We’re changing roles, and then we’re changing them again. We’re putting on different hats, we’re trying them on for size. We’re looking at things a little differently.

Tides are turning…

If you think about it, a “turning point” is a bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? How can a point — something that is stationery, decisive, characterized by one movement — be animated and in motion?

This isn’t your first turning point in your life, and it won’t be your last. On October 28th, at Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology — we’ll all come to one point in motion, and we will turn together.

Consider October 28th, 2017 your new Prime Meridian.

What will you do next?


Text: Emilia Meres, TEDxKraków Communications Team