I’m sure many of you have already been pep talked, but if you haven’t, you should be! These are tough times and “we all need a pep talk.”
Like so many other mainstream viral videos, this one showed up in my Facebook feed a few times before I decided to click on it. But this YouTube feature, unlike others, grabbed my attention, so I watched it again… and again and went looking for more from this charismatic, inspirational, dancin’ joy-monger!
I’m a sucker for this kind of positive energy, seize the day kind of stuff, but Kid President’s widely-circulated Pep Talk really caught fire and has been viewed by millions. His rapid rise to fame has led to features on major networks like CNN and CBS. He even appears in Obama’s invitation to this year’s annual White House Easter Egg Hunt, and he has gotten some fun interviews with the likes of Josh Groban (also worth a watch).
But what Pep Talk doesn’t show is that Kid President or Robby Novak (age 9) has a congenital disorder known as Brittle Bone Disease or Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and since birth he has had over 70 broken bones. This video gives the real story behind Kid President and his remarkable “resilient spirit:”
He will make you smile and maybe ignite a little spark with his awesome dancing and some of these great nuggets:
“The world needs you to stop being boring…. you’re gooder than that.”
“I’m on your team, Be on my team.”
“Dream a Better Dream and keep going , keep going and keep going…”
“We’ve got work to do…we can cry about it or we can DANCE about it!”
“Dream with me…I have a dream that we can make the world better, by not doing bad stuff and not being famous…We just need be cool and make the world better. I have a dream that everybody can be NICE!”
“Create something that will make the world awesome!”
“Give the world a reason to dance.”
Kid President makes me want to boogie, giggle, be better and do more even when things are hard… to lighten up but deepen down.
I think Kid President would be a perfect spokesperson for United Way because that’s what we’re all about – bringing the community together in the face of our differences and obstacles to create opportunities and solutions for GOOD, to make the world MORE AWESOME!
There’s a LOT more work to do to make life better for those in need in our community, and our United Way is dreaming a bigger dream and making new plans…that’s something to DANCE about.