Many, many years ago, I decided to open a YouTube account to talk to the Brazilian people around the world.
Although it seems obvious that when you are online you are reaching globally, I believe that when we are recording our videos and posting them, we have in the mindset of "hoping that at least one person" will watch it.
Fact is, even if the online world tells us that we are connected, there are many, many times that we feel that we are talking to the wall...
However, I can tell you, that from my experience, there is always someone listening...
And this is what happened to me.
Years ago, while living in Switzerland, I interviewed a Brazilian friend of mine for my Brazilian YouTube Channel (by the way, if you want to check it, it is called Tertulia com Tulia
😉) with no bigger intention. I just wanted to share experiences.
She, Gisela Rocha, a choreographer with international presence, who had left Brazil several years before our talk, was sharing with me all the challenges she faced being a foreigner, single mother, in the conservative Switzerland.
We had a great time together, and our interview was quite long (you can check it here
if you speak Portuguese), but, above all, we had a good time, and that was what I was looking for at that moment in time.
Let's fast forward 8 years, to the time that I had already left Switzerland and moved to Germany.
I kept many good clients and students in Zurich (still do) and during one of my visits to Zurich I met a Brazilian woman, Yara, who happened to be from my home city in Brazil (I don't believe in coincidences... but this is for another story) and, she recognised me from that video!!! Isn't it AMAZING!
Plus, listen to this, she told me, "Tulia, that video that you recorded with Gisela, I sent to my nephew who was moving to Dublin, Ireland, because I thought that the experiences you were sharing there could help him to get by on his own. And it did! He told me, that he felt supported with your stories, and he understood that he was not alone..."
Jaw dropping, right?
So, this proves the power of having an online presence.
Since then, even when I feel I'm talking to the walls, I remind myself that beyond the walls there is at least one person listening. Don't forget that.
Your voice is needed!