Since attending the TEDx Houses of Parliament event a few weeks ago, I’ve been waiting, not very patiently, for the videos of the talks to be released so that I can force you all to listen to them. Over the last few days, I’ve been tweeting some of my favourites, including Guy Browning, Femi Oyeniran and Mads Damsbo, and there are more to come. But there’s one I’ve been waiting for, which in my opinion was the best talk of the day. And here it is!
I mentioned Francesca Martinez already; she’s a wobbly comedian, and her talk was about learning to accept that maybe we’re not all normal in the eyes of society, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy. As someone who’s always been a bit odd (regular readers of this blog are nodding right now), this particularly appealed to me.
It’s very easy to assume that everyone else is normal, and that you’re the odd one out. I know I do that way more than I should. But the truth is, there are probably very few people in the world who have never once felt bad about themselves; it’s just that some of us are better at hiding it than others. So maybe we should stop worrying about it and enjoy the fact that we’re not all the same. If we all looked, talked, walked exactly the same, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?
Francesca wants to start a wobbly revolution, which celebrates difference instead of shunning it, and where everyone has an equal right to be happy. I totally want to join, if only so I can continue to photograph Mabel the sheep without shame.
Please watch Francesca’s talk; it’s hilarious and moving all at the same time, and will make you feel good about life. It seems to me we can all use a bit of that from time to time.
And if you enjoy her talk, she also has a book out – What the F*** is Normal?! – which is brilliant too.