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Thieves of Hope: Moving Past Your Worst Mistakes – Lara Love Hardin (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Lara Love Hardin’s talk titled “Thieves of Hope: Moving Past Your Worst Mistakes” at TEDxSantaCruz conference.

Lara Love Hardin’s talk, “Thieves of Hope: Moving Past Your Worst Mistakes,” is a powerful narrative of personal downfall, redemption, and the transformative power of hope. She shares her harrowing journey from being arrested on election night 2008, facing the loss of her children, and grappling with addiction and despair, to her eventual path to redemption.

Hardin emphasizes the importance of not defining ourselves or others by our worst moments, highlighting the societal tendency to label and judge people based on their mistakes. She discusses the long-lasting consequences of these judgments, not just for individuals but for families and communities, and the barriers they create to reintegration and healing.

Hardin’s own turnaround story includes becoming a successful collaborative writer and contributing to notable works, showcasing the potential for change when given support and opportunity. She advocates for a shift in perspective, urging us to see people as more than their past actions and to become champions of hope for others. Hardin’s message is a call to action to reject the “thieves of hope” and embrace the possibility of renewal and forgiveness, both for ourselves and for those around us.

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TRANSCRIPT:

The Historical Moment

November 4th, 2008, it’s election night. It’s one of those moments in history that people always remember. For my mother’s generation, it was where you were when Kennedy was shot. And for my generation, it was where you were when 9-11 happened, and also where you were when this country elected its first black president. And he gave a speech that was about hope more than it was about winning a presidential race. Regardless of your politics, it’s a monumental day in our history. That day was 11 years, 1 month, and 3 days ago. I remember that day.

Not for politics, I actually didn’t even get to vote that day. On November 4th, 2008, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department came to my home. They knocked on the door, they came in, and they told me I was under arrest. The youngest of my four boys was home at the time. He was 3 years old. I asked the deputies to let me call someone to take him, but they refused.

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