Okay, I know I’m biased, but in my opinion, Jon’s talk was the best TED Talk of the day. And really it wasn’t just me. I know because his was the only talk that got a group of people to give him a standing ovation. And a couple of the other speakers came up to him afterward and said he stole the show. Not that I’m being competitive about it, but his talk was really meaningful and moving. So moving that a bunch of young women told him and me how they were brought to tears by his words. (I told them he makes me cry all the time too, in a good way of course). They gave him hugs and told him how he made them feel hopeful about their futures. Then they hugged me too and told me Jon was a good man.
So how does a talk about creative aging speak to a bunch of 20 year old students? Well, I’m not completely sure, and it’s not what I expected, but there it is. You just never know who you’re going to touch and why. I bet those women were a bit surprised too.