Owning Alone: conquering your fear of being solo: Teresa Rodriguez at TEDxWilmington

  • Published: 13 September 2013
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Comments • 465

  • NHJ 210
    NHJ 210  2 days back

    Absolutely love this.

    • Rachelle Animals
      Rachelle Animals  3 days back

      Be a millennial woman, we do everything alone

      • Michele Docherty
        Michele Docherty  4 days back

        This all sounds great, but what if you can't afford to travel somewhere else?

        • Marz Attarwala
          Marz Attarwala  4 days back

          Nice talk👍🏽. Things happen for a reason in our life and a positive attitude can make all the difference! Thanks for sharing!🙏🏼

          • monchichiyoshi
            monchichiyoshi  5 days back

            When the guy saw an American woman plan a wedding he changed his mind.

            • mynameisnat1
              mynameisnat1  1 weeks back

              Did she just say Deboosy?

              • The Crown
                The Crown  1 weeks back


                • rasto
                  rasto  2 weeks back

                  i am crying and feeling better now

                  • Angel Rose
                    Angel Rose  2 weeks back

                    Wow! This video truly inspired me.
                    It’s funny how sometimes we judge things too quickly. At first I wasn’t very interested in keeping the video rolling but a few minutes in and I felt very connected to what she was saying. Beautiful words.

                    • LornaSNSP
                      LornaSNSP  2 weeks back

                      This was about travelling alone. Not about being alone.

                      • Kiran Grewal
                        Kiran Grewal  2 weeks back

                        Thanks Teresa....Xoxo....🌻🌻🌻🌻

                        • C. Smith
                          C. Smith  2 weeks back

                          It's wonderful. Don't be afraid.

                          • Kubik Ondrej
                            Kubik Ondrej  3 weeks back

                            Another "funny" self-absorbed woman, who smashed the wall...just imagine her state of body and mind now,...it is 2019!

                            • Diana Rodriguez
                              Diana Rodriguez  3 weeks back

                              Thank you for this ted x

                              • Rui Anna
                                Rui Anna  3 weeks back

                                She reminds me on how I used to travel by myself. I just dont do it anymore because I am busy looking for someone to travel with.
                                I should start packing again.
                                Thank you :D

                                • Keara McCardle
                                  Keara McCardle  3 weeks back

                                  how do you deal with social isolation , because Im fine beign single the lack of support networks and social isolation for 11 years is what tears me up.

                                  • Christina
                                    Christina  2 weeks back

                                    I think there is a difference between not being in a romantic relationship (single) & living a fulfilling life that includes friends and support networks. Shoot for new experiences, new people, new interests.

                                • Il Pa
                                  Il Pa  3 weeks back

                                  Talk of a ‘god’ .. utter bollox. NEXT

                                  • claire keown
                                    claire keown  4 weeks back

                                    break up advice for the upper middle class...."oh i just woke in my fantasy in london! suddenly carrie bradshaw appeared next to me while we lapped up the waves on our luxury holiday in the carribean..." ffs

                                    • Trent Long
                                      Trent Long  4 weeks back

                                      I needed this it’s ok to be single and even if it’s forever.
                                      It’s ok to...This is a touching reminder nothing is forever..

                                      • Geo T
                                        Geo T  4 weeks back

                                        Crikey, busty wasn't enough for the bloke.

                                        • Angelina Maldonado
                                          Angelina Maldonado  1 months back

                                          You just talk talk dont give good advice.

                                          • Tyler Lin
                                            Tyler Lin  1 months back

                                            Ill marry you

                                            • R
                                              R  1 months back

                                              This is a mess

                                              • minisla
                                                minisla  1 months back

                                                People have enough issues to deal with video should be removed......

                                                • minisla
                                                  minisla  1 months back

                                                  Jeez I've lived many lives already took this event in mid life to open her fking eyes. Feeling sorry never accomplishes anything. Talking about an alternative life built on false advertising. Should have stayed at the psyc unit. Gobble Gobble. Stuck so far up her own hole for most of her life like the majority.

                                                  • daniel hoy
                                                    daniel hoy  1 months back

                                                    I think her husband got out just in the nick of time...

                                                    • Oscar Rodriguez
                                                      Oscar Rodriguez  1 months back

                                                      Thing that sucks being alone is when you cook you know you always got to the dishes.

                                                      • Lynn Hansen
                                                        Lynn Hansen  1 months back

                                                        Be brave, be faithful, be wise, be light, be generous, be soulful.

                                                        • Zender 2016 C
                                                          Zender 2016 C  2 months back

                                                          Be faithful to yourself, have a plan, make it clear, be brave, be cautious, use wisdom and go do what you said you would.

                                                          • Zender 2016 C
                                                            Zender 2016 C  2 months back

                                                            Yes, the key is to live in the now. Enjoy each day, tomorrow will take care of itself.

                                                            • Crystal H
                                                              Crystal H  2 months back

                                                              Love this !

                                                              • Debra Smith
                                                                Debra Smith  2 months back

                                                                No matter how you cut it- we are born alone and we die alone. There is only one of each of us.
                                                                When I endured a medical fiasco- i was not a wife in those moments (and later months), I was not the mother of five- when I went home from the hospital- no one could do it for me.
                                                                We are alone no matter how many people we think we have or how many care. We must do it.

                                                                • Buddha-Dharma-Sangha
                                                                  Buddha-Dharma-Sangha  2 months back

                                                                  Exactly, death is a personal experience. It may be nice to have people around your death bed but they're not the ones dying, you are. Everyone should get to a place where they can stay mindful and comfortable at the time of death, no one else can provide that for you.

                                                              • Osagioduwa Agbonifo
                                                                Osagioduwa Agbonifo  2 months back

                                                                So my story

                                                                • bambino persian
                                                                  bambino persian  2 months back

                                                                  I love myself more than any body to shair my life with her or him.
                                                                  So i choose to be alone.
                                                                  Its hard sometimes but im in peace and i like my peace.

                                                                  • Ekenna Hutchinson
                                                                    Ekenna Hutchinson  2 months back

                                                                    I am going to trust the universe to take care of my wellbeing

                                                                    • Susan Moreland
                                                                      Susan Moreland  2 months back

                                                                      I luv this female speaker.....

                                                                      • Bee Jo
                                                                        Bee Jo  2 months back

                                                                        This is scattered. Are we talking about being alone or going on a vacation alone?

                                                                        • R
                                                                          R  1 months back

                                                                          😂😂 yes, she was a mess? Wtf

                                                                      • TheSnowFoxParty
                                                                        TheSnowFoxParty  2 months back

                                                                        I needed this!!

                                                                        • Faten S
                                                                          Faten S  2 months back

                                                                          White people. “Be kinder to others”? Nothing new

                                                                          • Reshmi Chetry
                                                                            Reshmi Chetry  2 months back


                                                                            • Renola Jodie
                                                                              Renola Jodie  2 months back

                                                                              What? This sounds like a scene from a movie. Fast forward, after my marriage of 25years fell apart, I'm now in a position where my anxiety is getting the better of me, while trying to carve out a new life for myself. Some days are tougher than others, but dare I give up?
                                                                              NO...I owe myself the biggest apology, for putting up with what I didn't deserve.
                                                                              I'm alive but ATM I am so afraid.
                                                                              Thank you for this video, girlfriend.

                                                                              • Cardenas Family
                                                                                Cardenas Family  2 months back

                                                                                Thank you True Most High God for the man that unexpectedly said to me hey man how you doing at Walmart two days ago 12:21-12:30

                                                                                • Pedro Martin
                                                                                  Pedro Martin  2 months back

                                                                                  I feel very lonely and i feel my life suks miss certain people in my life :/

                                                                                  • Mina Algeria
                                                                                    Mina Algeria  3 months back

                                                                                    Wow I wish I could afford travelling

                                                                                    • brah For real?
                                                                                      brah For real?  3 months back

                                                                                      Not very inspiring

                                                                                      • Sally
                                                                                        Sally  3 months back

                                                                                        يوغا ممله

                                                                                        • Emmie Arnold
                                                                                          Emmie Arnold  3 months back

                                                                                          I appreciate the general sentiment of this so much, but the precedent of throwing out inpatient paperwork and flying halfway around the world isn't a one-size-fits-all policy - it's pretty dangerous. I'm so glad it worked out for her!

                                                                                          • halel vak
                                                                                            halel vak  3 months back

                                                                                            לונדון לא מחכה לי גם שם אהיה לבד