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Pope Francis has garnered a lot of press since being named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. I won’t argue with that choice. The man has become an icon of humility, service, and grace.
But when it came to making my personal choice of who the most influential person of the year is, I went a different route.
Top 5 Reasons Why He’s 2013’s Dude of the Year:
* Kid President is What’s Good About the Internet
In the midst of all the clatter; narcissism; smut; trolling; soap-boxes; and consumerism—KP has found a way to make a corner of the internet disarming. His videos create a perfect concoction of humor, heart, and hope.
* This is Child-Like Faith in Action
If you don’t know about KP’s history, you can learn about it by watching, "The True Story of Kid President". Short version: KP suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta which means his bones break twice as easily as a normal human’s. He and his family started filming Kid President videos so he could encourage others to, “Be Awesome!” regardless of their circumstances. Powerful stuff.
* Superbly Silly & Perfectly Profound Quotes
Seriously, no one drops truth-bombs like KP. Here are a few:
"Be more awesome!"
"If it doesn’t make the world better—don’t do it!"
"Grown ups who dream are the best kinds of grown ups."
"It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance."
"Treat everyone like it’s their birthday."
"Today we should give the world less opinions and more hugs."
"Before you say something about the barbecue sauce on somebody else’s shirt—you should take a look at the barbecue sauce on your own shirt."
* More Than Videos—It’s A Movement
Perhaps the most heart-warming truth about KP is how he wants nothing more than to help people be better. In the episode, "Kid President Explains It All", KP shares how his entire hometown got together to throw a public parade for a Postwoman, just because. Two months ago, KP launched a huge SOCKTOBER campaign urging 1 Million People from all over the country to help end homelessness in the U.S. This is seriously the best example of creating with purpose the 21st Century has seen.
* You Can’t Hate Him
At the end of the day, Kid President is simply a kid that loves to laugh, share corn dogs, dance, and make people smile. Which is precisely why the KP saga appeals to so many demographics. Elementary teachers show his videos in class. Ministers are using them as illustrations. College students are sharing his links on social media. Writers are quoting him on their blogs. Unity and Joy are side-effects of his creativity.
Thank you, Kid President, for being exactly what we need: A humble exhibition of pure joy and grace. Your intentionality and creativity have sparked many acts of kindness and moments of healing. Daring to be vulnerable and to share yourself with the public shows strength that we all need. Speaking the truth is no easy task. You handle it with class, swagger, and authenticity.
Thank you for what you do.
Keep fighting the good fight and daring us to be awesome.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to share a corn dog with someone and give them a hug.
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