“I’m not in the party, I am the party.”
I found this Kid President video the other day, and in between his giggling and dancing, he made some more great points. (See Putting a Frame Around my Life for the reason why I love Kid President).
“When you were a kid, did you say I want to be boring and mean when I grow up…? What?!”
It’s a simple question, but meaningful one. No child wants to be boring, mean, or just plain mediocre. Just ask them. They think big – they want to be astronauts, star athletes, or pursue multifaceted careers like doctor/racecar driver/professional hug-giver.
And yes, life is much more complex and challenging than kids often realize. But maybe we over-complicate it more than we need. What if we thought of every day as an opportunity to fulfill the dreams of our childhood? What if this moment, this one right now, was a chance to honor the goals we had when we were still children? What if this was the day to work on your career goal of doctor/racecar driver/professional hug-giver? I think if we did, it would manifest as KP’s three words of wisdom:
Be More Awesome.
So for today at least, I’m going to try to be the adult that my 10-year-old self thought I could be. And maybe I can’t be Indiana Jones (my personal career goal as a kid), but I can try to embody the courage, resourcefulness, and badassness that he represented to me. And I think that will make today better than if I just go through the motions and am boring.