We All Need To Be More Like Kid President

We All Need To Be More Like Kid President

"You're awake, You're awesome, Live like that." - Kid President
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Some of you may know who Kid President is, and some of you may not. For those of you who don't, let me introduce you. This is Robby, aka Kid President. He began making videos in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. These videos are written and directed by Brad Montague, who first began the vision of Kid President. You can find some of the awesome videos that Brad has made via his website or through his YouTube via SoulPancake. His videos range from talking to girls to learning how to party, but they all share a general goal. Kid President's mission is to fill the world with love and show that even kids have the power to make a difference. Through the whirlwind of our adult lives, I think we all need a few reminders that Robby is very happy to give us. Here are a few videos that remind us of all those things, take a minute and learn from Kid President.

1. One of the superpowers we all have is the ability to change the future.

"You can be anything you want today, so be bold, be kind, be awesome." Kid President teaches us all a valuable lesson in this video: believing in others and believing in yourself can truly make a difference.

2. Things all of us need to say more in our lives.

No. 7 my sports team is not always the best sporting team

No. 4 I disagree with you, but I still like you as a person.

No. 20 Thank you

No. 19 Excuse me

No. 17 I'm sorry

No. 16 I forgive You

Kid President makes a point to highlight sayings and thoughts we forget to say on a daily basis. The above are some examples of phrases I forget to say, and I'm thankful that I could be reminded of such simple phrases that can mean so much.

3. Everyone needs a good pep talk from time to time.

"The world needs you, stop being boring."

This video reminds us all that even kids know what it means to be awesome. Kid President knows that through troubles, we must all keep going. He talks about people who accomplished their dreams and how those people didn't stop, no matter what. The most important thing I learned from this video was to be someone that will make the world awesome.

4. We all need to be reminded that fighting doesn't help anything.

Though we all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, we all deserve to be treated with kindness. I'm not saying that we all need to be best friends, because that's unrealistic, but we all deserve respect, no matter our differences. This video was made during the last presidential election due to the political tension that arose that year. This video is just as relevant this year. We put our opinions into every situation without understanding that the difference is OK.

It's kind of sad that it takes a video by a kid for people to gain perspective of what is truly important in life. That's why kids are so awesome. They love unconditionally. They haven't been shaped by public opinion enough to understand what being a good person means. In college, I get so caught up in homework and school life that I can forget what it means to be a genuinely good person.

So for those of you who didn't know who Kid President was, you do now. I hope that your day was made just a little better by a kid saying important stuff and dancing around in a nice suit.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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House Hunting At Its Finest

It's incredibly stressful and takes way too long!

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House hunting is hard. I thought at first it would be fun, exciting, and interesting. But now, I'm tired and bored and just want to give up.

I've been looking for a house for a month now and I knew it going in to it, it would take a while. I knew that I wouldn't just walk into the first house and be like, "this is it, this is the one".

But, when you look at 6-10 houses every time you search a day, it gets stressful and tiring.

When I started looking at houses it was because I was planning on getting a house with some friends to rent out for the next 3 years while at UCF. All because I didn't get a spot-on campus with the lottery, I got waitlisted. So, I need to look for housing to secure a place to live next fall.

Now, my dad wants to turn it into a small business. Buy a house, rent out the rooms for a reasonable price, cheaper than some apartments, and make a profit.

It sounds like a good plan.

But then you have to factor in: location and how far it is from campus, the price range in which you could make a profit, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the price per square inch, the property taxes, if the house needs work or not, upgrades, improvement, parking availability, etc. The list just goes on and on.

It's hard to find the "perfect" house.

I want to be able to make it "home" for the next 3 years. I want to make it somewhere where I can hang out, have friends over, and love to live in.

Every time I walk into a new house, I automatically think, "what would I do to this room? Or that?". I think of furniture and décor. I think about how I would design it and make it ours.

I even made a Pinterest board, one for home décor and one for bedrooms.

I feel like I'm going overboard but I can't help it.

I get excited when it comes to the designing aspect, but my parents have to be so nit-picky. They came up over the weekend to search for houses with me and every time we walk into a house I hear: "the carpet is stained, needs to be removed", "the kitchen is outdated, needs to be upgraded", "the bathroom needs work", "the wall has a hole", "not enough bathrooms" and so much more.

It's not like I don't chime in with comments either.

I do put in a fair share of my personal opinions about the quality of the houses too.

But, at this point I wish we could just settle on something. Again, I know this takes time but I just get anxious.

So, we are going into the 5thweek and still haven't agreed on a house. My mom has her picks, my dad has his, and I have mine. And none of them overlap. Frankly, I don't get a "say" in what my parents chose since they will be purchasing the house. But, I get to live in it, my friends are the ones who will be paying them rent. So, I feel like my opinion matters. Whenever I ask questions or give input, they talk over me.

As if, I wasn't even there!

Yet, that is how the ball rolled. Wow, I'm borderline whining over here. It's not like I'm not grateful but, I wish I was valued as an adult helping in this situation.

Well thank you for coming to my "TED" talk! And reading about yet another annoying and trivial struggle of mine. I'll write again soon.

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