The Question I Almost Didn't Ask And How It Changed My Life | Rita Wilson | TEDxNashvilleWomen

So many people never ask themselves what they want. Maybe it’s because they think they have everything already, or because they’re afraid it’s too late. But if we don’t ask ourselves what we want, there’s no way we’ll ever know if our dreams are possible, or what it would take to achieve them. Until recently, that was my story. I was living an amazing, beautiful life, and I didn’t feel I deserved to even contemplate anything more. This talk is about why I decided to finally ask myself that question, and what happened when I did. Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress and film producer, her most recent projects have all been connected to her passion for music. After achieving her dream in 2012 with the critically acclaimed album AM/FM – an intimate, elegant, and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s – Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. Recently, she has collaborated with a number of talented and successful songwriters, composing original material featured on her second album, self-titled Rita Wilson. Her new album Halfway to Home (March 2019) has a fuller sound: Southern California rock meets Nashville country, co-produced by Rita Wilson and Nathan Chapman with additional production from Ron Aniello and John Shanks. Many of the songs were co-written with an A-List group of songwriters, including Grammy winner Liz Rose, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Mozella, Mitch Allan, and Kara DioGuardi. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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  • Well, isn't she enchanting.

    Luisa OC May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • The arts, like life, are not logical. I’m thinking of stopping writing and performing. And…I’ll be ok. In each photo, Rita’s parents emanate joy.

    MILO MINT May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Thankyou so much for sharing this. It is so inspiring! ❤

    Sandra Kay May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • You’re SO beautiful and inspirational 🌸✨👏🏻🙏🏻thanks for this TED talk, I was moved to tears by the end!! You really took your fears and turned them into courage! So brave! And I agree it’s never too late! Gonna go for what I want! Thanks Rita🙏🏻🙏🏻🥰 Much love 💗

    Shaun Russell May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Great talk, Rita. At 53 I don't even know what I want anymore…sigh. The only dream I ever had was to be an actor. I moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and pursued my dream…but it never worked out. I let that go years ago. I don't have passion for anything at this point. As you experienced, life is fragile, so it's time I did more introspection. And, we are all very glad that you beat cancer and that you and Tom are well from COVID19!

    Atheria PsychicGal May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • You're a truly wonderful human, thank you 🙂

    Charlotte Cole May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • With your own family that escaped communism, why are you pushing America away from freedom and Democracy toward Socialism or worse????

    Sue Hutchison May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Lock her up ✊

    John Adams May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Great talk, Rita… Glad that you got what you wanted… Regards.

    Sanjay Trasy May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Thank you!!!

    Marsha Hargreaves May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • What a story!….You have to start to write Science Fiction/ Drama.

    John Johnson May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • She need more adrenocromo
    Pizzagate, obamagate
    Run rita run
    Run forest run

    Ernesto Erbelmx Bueno May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Waiting to hear it

    Victoria Perkovic May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Where's ol Tommy boy eh?

    Kitty Mama May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • I can relate to your speech Rita Wilson. My parents came to Canada from Greece in 1960 to get away from hard time, poverty and war. They risked a lot to make a better life for us. I grew up not needing much. I am grateful to the risks my parents took. They enabled my sisters and myself to have more options and a better childhood and life. The things they did not have, through their hardships and decisions, we were able to to have.

    Sia Tsatoumas May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Thank you Rita!! I adore you and I appreciate you sharing your story and the stories of your parents. I AM in the midst of asking mySelf this very question and I feel the magic of my imagination running wild. My husband of 22 years passed away 7 years ago. I have been on a Quest to release the woman I am as separate from him! I feel where I had fear of possibilities, I now have an enormous expansion that is breaking through!!! I am going big for the second chapter of my life! BTW…Mama Mia is my 25 yr old daughter’s happy movie and music. We play it all the time!!! It’s been said to me that I resemble you, so you have a special place in my heart!! xx. Amazing talk!!!!!

    Jane cruse May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • As an Albanian living in Bulgaria, I didn't expect to hear so much about my countries in this video! Thank you!

    Albana Meta May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • An inspiration to look at my life!😁😕

    Richard Sullivan May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • It’s who you know

    Gwen13061 May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • what about if someone wants health and they cannot afford to buy it (especially USA?) Nice story though

    Neve O May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Greetings from Bulgaria, my dad is Bulgarian too 😀 :))))

    viktoriq georgieva May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Everyone should listen to Rita's speech. I don't always endorse speeches!! I also have been extremely impressed by what my Parents endured. I have passed their suffering and success in 'the New World' to my Children. I so appreciate what our parents did for us. I really like the connection of your Parents and the inspiration of your success. I really liked singing. Maybe I should take some lessons. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Johann Ingarra May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Love ♥️♥️♥️♥️🇬🇷🇬🇷

    Αλεξανδρος Τσομπανογλου May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Love you but there are so many people who work hard and are so incredibly talented but never get the chance to star in a musical. Just getting a phone call because you asked for it is so privileged. So unrealistic for the rest of us.

    LR50plus! May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • Wonderful!!! Thank you Margarita!

    Talk to the Hand Reviews May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply
  • There's always time to better your life so thank you for this video to guide others in being able to Live Full Out!

    Nancy Solari May 25, 2020 12:19 pm Reply

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