Yesterday’s talk at one of Prudential’s agency was a milestone for me, as it was my first time appearing as a ‘motivational speaker’. Prior to this, people invited me to talk so that I could raise funds for my surgeries whenever I needed to go under the knife. My talks then were mostly for college students. But yesterday, I spoke before working adults primarily to tell my story and thoughts on life in order to encourage.
I had little expectations, but while I was preparing slides for yesterday’s session, I had a growing and renewed sense of confidence. My speech was firm. I spoke from the life perspective of an adult with adult responsibilities to herself, her family and her community. I suppose the main reason for my confidence could have been the assuramce that I was sharing with working adults who were more likely to identify with the kind of issues I face and the difficult decisions I have to make. Like, not many youngsters my age go through the agony of deciding to sign a DNR order on behalf of her dad while he was still on the ventilator and appeared stable.
I was surprised to meet an ex-schoolmate, Joel Vijay, seated among the audience. Joel became an insurance agent two years ago and was a comrade to the departed Rajan Rishyakaran when we were in school.
More than twenty agents attended yesterday. Each of them bought a copy of my biography and had it autographed. I also received a token sum for speaking. My thanks to Kim the manager who invited and every person who was there last night. Thank you for the encouragements.