What I Tried to Say at Today’s GA – #occupyphilly
I had no intention of speaking when I arrived. I was helping with broadcasting the meeting, that was my purpose there. Yesterday, someone said that I should speak. I happened to have some of the same thoughts as this other young man did. I wrestled with the idea. That was part of the reason I was up so late and why I slept so restlessly. Anyway, I started writing down my thoughts last night, and thinking about how I would present my thoughts. Although, I wasn’t sure if I should do it or not… I wanted to be prepared just in case. Glad I did.
Between then and now a lot happened. There was the Atlanta and Boston live feeds. The huge amount of tweeting and info relaying on http://www.occupyphilly.org chat. My regular life fit was squeezed into my time as well, however with less regularity than usual. I’m sure many of you understand what I mean by this. I was shaken by the news when I woke up (read earlier posts) and didn’t remember to bring the notebook I was scribbling in when I left my house. Again, by 9am my focus was shifted.
The general assembly was kicking off. Technical issues were worked out. We were rolling. Good feeling.
I was kind of lingering by the tech tent and looking on. This is where speakers were waiting to go up, and I was asked repeatedly if I was waiting to speak. “No, but thank you”. I said that several times. The other speakers were passionate and basically just all around amazing, but I heard some things that were directly connected to the subjects I felt we needed to discuss and no one was talking about. The same things I was scribbling in my notebook.
It popped into my head that maybe I should carry on with speaking. I looked out into the crowd and caught eyes with someone I had never met. Unexpected. Just as I was thinking, “should i do it?” – She nodded at me twice. Total coincidence I’m sure, but it was all I needed. That happened in a split second. Within another 60 seconds I had typed out what is below into my ipad. Within the second minute I was being handed the mic and was stepping on stage. The abrupt turn of events put me in a mode where I didn’t have time to be nervous. Here is what I tried to say, not sure exactly what I said now, but this should give you an idea.
A great experience over all. Glad I could share it with you all. If anyone knows of a video of me speaking, please send it to me. It’s probably worth a giggle.
Anywho… I had to get back to the office so I can continue to keep all plates spinning. So I got my stuff together and boogied on out.