I’m sure you have all seen the viral video that gave a pep talk to the whole entire world. If you haven’t, you should check it out, because it truly is a pep talk. It’s this kid telling the world that it’s really not the horrible place that we see proof of each and every day.
This video came from a segment called “Kid President” by Soul Pancake. Soul Pancake’s mantra is to make the world a better place, just by inspiring people to be awesome. Kid President does a damn good job of bringing out the Awesome in life.
I subscribed to the Soul Pancake YouTube channel when “The Pep Talk” came out.
I’ve been uninspired lately to blog. I’ve been really busy, super exhausted, soccer season started back up, working lots and lots, all while trying to have some time for friends and family, and for myself. This post inspired me to blog today.
Today was my co-worker’s daughter’s first birthday party (her real birthday was on Friday). A one-year old’s birthday (no offense Allison), is about as exciting as watching water boil. Okay – that’s a lie, it’s a lot more exciting than that, but still, what do adults do at a one-year old’s birthday party? Turns out… They’re 100% completely entertained just by watching babies get excited doing every day, normal things like eating a giant cupcake.
Watching Vivi poke her cupcake, get excited about tissue paper, and stare in confusion at all the people looking at her today was completely and totally amazing. Why? Because everything she does is good and innocent now. And the older you get, the less amazing things people do become because they (and you) are exposed to the bad and corrupt.
That’s where these pep talks come into play. And that’s why I think they’re so important.
The video that Kid President put out at the end of January is everything that I want to tell my babies (when I have them, in the long-far-away future) on their first day here. It’s called “Kid President’s Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here”.
Why is it so important? Because it tells a kid — and reminds their parents, aunts, uncles, and friends — about the things they should look for, aspire to, and be in this world.
Can the world be tough? Sure. But what in life isn’t tough? Is it up to you to live in the happiness that you want to live in? Absolutely. It’s crazy that a kid reminds us of that. It’s crazy that a kid is helping us teach our kids that they should feel good and be awesome, and if they are, they will succeed. But that’s what’s happening in this video. And it’s truly amazing. Just like it was amazing watching Vivi eat tissue paper today.
Today’s blog post is just to use the Soul Pancake video to remind us that the world is a pretty darn good place to live in. And even though I’m working a lot what with my job, coaching, and helping some friends out, and even though I’m tired a lot, and even though I have less time lately to dedicate to myself (which is really, really important to me), and even though things might not go my way every single day… There’s still a reason to dance.
You’re awake. You’re awesome. Live like it.