TED Talks: Lizzie Velasquez

Earlier this week I was thick in an afternoon of homework when The Boy said to me, “Hey, check this out!” Next thing I knew I was putting my textbooks aside to watch a TED Talk by a woman named Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie has a disorder that makes it impossible for her to put on any weight. It sounds great until she describes the myriad ways she was bullied growing up and the struggles of constantly being sick and still facing haters today. Nevertheless, she has harnessed some of the negatively that has come her way to live out her dreams of becoming a motivational speaker. And — wow! — did her speech motivate! Lizzie begs the question of “how do you define yourself?” and her words are truly inspirational. This is a must-watch for anyone who strives to be a conscious, positive human being!


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