After listening to my peers’ TED talks, I was able to engage myself and walk away with additional ideas and knowledge I did not have previously. Like wise, some classmates were able to touch on subjects, we lose sight of during every day life. Two classmates, spoke about the essence of tragedy and the impact it not only has on ourselves, but a community, city, or nation. We are all affected by tragedy throughout our lives, that is just the way of the world, however, what we can effect is the way we deal and cope with these tragedies. It is a shame, but usually it takes a tragedy for one to realize how lucky we truly are. The biggest takeaway I received from listening to these two TED talks on tragedy is the way we have the control to attack and view our lives. We maintain the control to live life to the fullest every single day. We do not have to let a tragedy dictate how we embrace life.