Last week, I was wandering around Barnes and Noble. I was so excited to see Kid President has a book published. If you haven’t checked out his videos on YouTube, go do it! And, I recommend you start with this one:
This little guy is incredibly inspirational. Sometimes for groups, I will show his videos as discussion starters. Some of my best groups have come from Kid President. There are so many things to love about this kid and the book is the best $21.99 I’ve spent in a while.
Love Changes Everything, so Fill the World With It
I have spent several hours skimming the book and I LOVE it. I’ve used Post-it tabs to mark pages that put ideas into my brain. There are ideas for things I can do in groups with patients, as well as with kids. Also, things I would love to incorporate into my daily life.
It would be impossible to pick out a favorite page in Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome, but I love, love, LOVE his Checklist of 100 Awesome Ideas at the end of the book. If reading the list doesn’t make you smile, laugh, or get inspired, there may be something wrong with you. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Broadcast the Good News Around You
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a national news station that only broadcasted the good news? I spent many hours listening to the news when I was living with Grandpa. It can wear on a person hearing all the conflicts in this world, the shootings, dirty politics, and celebrities doing stupid things. It gets old.
Negativity isn’t only present in the news, though. We all know someone who has to point out everything that’s not going right. Their attitudes may seem contagious. If you’re around that long enough, pretty soon you’ll start broadcasting the bad news around you, too. We all give off some type of energy. What kind of energy do you want to spread?
I want to spread the positive energy. What is today’s good news in Melissa’s world? I would broadcast that it is my two days off and I spent time with Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. I took myself to a movie. In line, I met the most adorable little girl. Her laugh was contagious and I wanted desperately to ask her mom if I could babysit sometime. I didn’t though. That would be creepy.
Treat everybody like it’s their birthday
Bring people cake. Eat the cake. Cupcakes. Cake and ice cream. When you’re done, make sure you watch this:
Put down your phone
Chapter One is entitled Life is What Happens When You Put Your Phone Down. This is something I need to work on. I’m certainly not alone, though. There are people who are truly addicted to their cell phones. While I don’t feel that I am that bad, I do spend too much time with it. In the book, he also talks about taking “brain pictures” — pictures of moments you want to remember, but you take the pictures in your mind and not with your phone.
Not everything needs to be documented. Don’t miss important moments and opportunities to connect with people.
Complain Less. Celebrate More.
There are more things to celebrate than to complain about. Think about that for a minute. Instead of complaining that it’s below zero outside, celebrate that you have a warm bed to sleep in at night. Not everyone has that luxury.
Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody
Are you somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody? Do you listen and give undivided attention? Express some gratitude for the people in your life. If you struggle with this, think of the people you have met who have the ability to do this. Who has made you feel like you are somebody? Be like them.
Leave notes complimenting people on how well they parked
I have never done this. It could be kind of fun, though. It would be fun to take a stack of big Post-it notes and leave words of encouragement on random vehicles.
Gather your friends, dress up like superheroes, and then go do someone’s yard work
I’m not a big fan of yard work, but this would be so fun. It could be a very entertaining National Good Neighbor Day activity. In fact, September 28, 2015, I think we should do just this.
Give out handmade awards
Think of how much fun you could have with this. If you want to see examples, go buy the book! This is a great idea for kids. I could see doing this on the unit at work with patients and even my co-workers. I may have to dedicate a section of the blog to all these Kid President-inspired activities!
Take care of yourself, so you can take care of others
It seems so simple, but it isn’t. Caregivers rarely put themselves first. How can you ‘be awesome’ for everyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself?
Check out my Me Time Activities post for ideas on how to treat yourself!
Write down your dreams
“Your dreams make you who you are.” Write them down. Big or small, write your hopes and dreams!
Go Buy the Book & Make the World More Awesome!