Few weeks ago, I attended TEDxTeen. How was it? Well, as expected it was really great! I got the chance to meet some inspiring young people (because not all of them are teenagers apparently, so I don't know why they call it TEDxTeen). You can watch the videos of the speakers here. I recommend you to watch Tim Doner's who speaks 23 languages and Kajmere Houchins's who survived from cancers three times then turned out to be anti-bullying advocate. Objectively speaking, their speeches are not that 'freaking awesome' which deserved '5 stars rating', but I appreciate all of them for what they have achieved in life at such young age. Well, theirs are way better than my crappy TED's talk though :p
But what's more interesting is the fact that it was my first encounter with #TheBumbys. I have heard about their witty actions before, but never really thought that I would meet them. he Bumbys are anonymous performance artists who provide "a fair and honest appraisal of your performance" using nothing more than analog typewriters and charming wit. They don't talk, and they cover their faces with masks. I just need to stand in front of the Bumbys while they type out a personalized narrative that playfully describes how each individual's appearance is read by the people. They look for the good in the people. They made this for me:
"You seem like you're not just a mathelete, but someone who takes silicon valley entrepreneurship to your heart. I bet you have more than a few inventions or app solutions that are just about to pop off and let you be a young millionaire. But, you'r not all just crunching numbers and being the next Zuckerberg, you also seem like you might a bit of a poet, or at least you have an affinity for words and song to capture an emotion. Overall rating: 9.6"
What do you think? Well I personally do not know. I mean, maybe some of them are true. But what is interesting for me is what they said that "they look for the good in the people". Whoever we are, when we encounter #TheBumbys, the commentary will be good. One thing I learned, maybe we need to practice this when we meet strangers or anyone. When we see someone, it is very often that we only see the visible things. We try to find people's mistakes and weakness, or things to judge. We feel like an inventor when we can spot something bad on people. I mean constructive feedbacks are important, but there is time when we just need to give support people and say something good about them. Does it make us worst? Nope. This is a note to my self. We never know what people have been through, and we never know how our words can somehow affect their lives.
Have a good day people!