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Stop Waiting for Tomorrow. Be a Leader of Today: Andre Damian at TEDxYouth@Brabantlaan (Transcript)

Andre Damian

Here is the full transcript of Andre Damian’s TEDx Talk: Stop Waiting for Tomorrow. Be a Leader of Today at TEDxYouth@Brabantlaan conference.

TRANSCRIPT: 

Have you ever had that feeling that you wanted to say something so bad, but you didn’t know how to say it? That brings a lump in your throat and you feel you have the weight of the world on your shoulders because you’re walking around with a secret. That’s how I felt eight years ago.

This is how I looked like. Imagine you’re sitting next to me in my house in Kesteren, a small village where I just moved to. You’d see it’s still dark outside. It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, and I’m getting up for school. Like the village, the living room feels empty.

We received most of the furniture from friends. I sit on the couch, and I stare blankly into the space. But at school, I was the happy boy you see in the photo there. I had good grades, and had a lot of friends around me. No one would’ve guessed why I moved away.

But my home we fled from home from the man I called my father. A strict man with a strong posture. His looks could kill and his words hurt. But his hands hurt even more. I could’ve never known when he’d explode. But one night was the worst of all. I’ll never forget how he threw me against the couch.

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