My husband and I went to our son’s Back to School night last night. While I’ve been to many of these types of school meetings – as a teacher and now as a mom – I always love hearing my son’s principal speak about the kids. She loves them. She memorizes their names before they start Kindergarten. She leads the teachers by example and as a result, this school’s community is an amazing one to be a part of.
Each school year has a theme of some sort that the principal introduces at Back to School night. This year, she used a video from Kid President to introduce the theme. (Not familiar with Kid President? He’s a sweet, 10 year old boy with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) a brittle bone condition which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. If you’re interested, you can read more about him here.)
The video is an open letter to Kid President’s baby nephew, and it’s delightful. (I may have been ugly crying about halfway through.)
If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are my favorite quotes:
Laughing is the best.
Some days awesome things will happen. Some days you’ll get ice cream. And some days you won’t.
There’s plenty of reasons to dance. You just have to look for them.
You won’t be doing this alone. You’re going to meet lots of people. Some of them will be nice, and some of them won’t. It’s not that they can’t be, it’s just…maybe they’re just having a bad day. Being a person is hard sometimes.
Just treat everybody like it’s their birthday. Even if they don’t deserve it. Because we all mess up sometimes. The biggest mess up? Not forgiving each other’s mess ups.
Take a breath. Isn’t that amazing? It’s called breathing. You’re going to do that a lot. But nobody knows exactly how much, so enjoy it.
Pay attention! Take brain pictures.
It’s not about what you do. It’s about who you are, and you? You’re awesome. You’re made that way. You were made from love, to be loved, to spread love. Love is always louder. No matter what. Even if hate has the bullhorn. Love is louder. So let your life be loud.
You’re awake. You’re awesome. Live like it.
I’m off to have an amazing weekend with my family. We’re going to take lots of brain pictures this weekend. I hope you will too.