#Dear6YearOldSelf One day you will trend on Twitter

Once upon a time, in a far away land called The Internet… I read a quote that said “if you aren’t using your grown-up powers to occasionally do something that would make your 6 year old self want to high five you, then what’s the point?” and it stuck.

The first time I picked up a comedy mic and stepped out onto that stage, I high-fived 6 year old Angel – “look, you always wanted to be on stage – we did it!” Whenever I drive over cool twisty highway bridges that loop and swerve, I remember 6 year old Angel pushing matchbox cars down twisty ramps, longing to grow up and drive on life size ones “high five”. Whenever I grocery shop and push the trolley, or fall in love, or dance all night… I remember 6 year old Angel and high five her. Sometimes I tweet to her too, because twitter is just a glorified way of talking to yourself anyway.

The tweets that started it all:

@YesReallyAngel: “Dear 6 Year old Angel. You haven’t bought a flying car or gone to outer space, but other than that your grown up life is pretty awesome”

Then I thought. What ELSE would I say to her?

@YesReallyAngel: “Dear 6 Year old Angel. While I have you here, tell your mommy to buy shares in a company called Apple Mac. Trust me.”

Dear 6 year old Angel. You aren’t going to kiss a boy for another 7 years. That’s longer than you’ve been alive. Calm the fuck down.

Dear 6 year old Angel. Stop trying so hard to perfect that backflip into the pool. You’re too scared to do it when you grow up (I’m sorry)

Dear 6 year old Angel. Put down the romantic fairy tale book and pick up the joke book.

Thus it began…

The Trending magic happened: @EvLom cottoned onto my tweet series. Suggested we start a hashtag #Dear6yearOldSelf and get others involved. I’ve never tried to trend anything before. But as it turns out: a lot of people had a lot of things to say to their 6 year old selves too….

RANDOM HIGH FIVE MOMENT… Number one trending Topic in South Africa!

There was even a Blog written about it by Marine Square Journal. See it here and another blog by Martina in Jozi 

It wasn’t even about being the “trend-setter” those tweets were heart warming, adorable, hilarious and unifying. It was lovely to read them all. Especially since everyone’s were so unique and personal – no one was stealing tweets and, because it’s your own memories, there were not a lot of repeats.

What a beautiful heartwarming evening that was. Thank you to everyone who got involved and who remembered their little 6 year olds… high five them from time to time. Well done 6 Year old Angel. The world is much more beautiful than even YOU think… but I’m still looking for that fairy that ran away from us in the Mulberry tree. *high Five*

Some of my Favourite #Dear6YearOldSelf tweets:

@dudebernard #dear6yearoldself I’M TALKING TO YOU FROM THE FUTURE! How cool is this!? And yea, Star Wars is still the coolest thing ever.
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@QQLessPlz #Dear6yearoldself Hitting that girl won’t make her like you more
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@Jono_ejc #dear6yearoldself its pronounced Yellow knobhead. Not Lallow
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@Spenelo #Dear6yearoldself u’ll continue to suck ur thumb til ur 12 and u’ll stutter till ur 18, better learn karate or somethin to make up for that.
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@iamSivN #Dear6YearOldSelf Nelson Mandela will be president one day……
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@marnusffs #dear6yearoldself , beer may taste like horrid goat’s piss now, but when you get older it will be like drinking rainbow juice
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@YesReallyAngel #Dear6YearOldSelf Jaws is NOT lurking in your swimming pool. For God’s sake. Go swimming alone.
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@irCadillac #Dear6yearOldSelf The Rapture is just a joke
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@hellpants #Dear6yearoldself you have just arrived In South Africa. The Afrikaans kids will stop bullying you. But it’s going to be a long, long wait.
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@Hi5_Master #Dear6yearoldself it will grow, it will grow…
@Runningflyhalf #Dear6yearoldself: No-one will appreciate that you remember the lyrics to Mina Moo. Even when you turn 29.
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@JayTheHoodlum #Dear6yearoldself don’t take candy from strangers. Those are really bad carbs. Ask them for a protein bar instead
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@shakasisulu #Dear6YearOldSelf whatever it takes, don’t forget any languages u learn. Find someone to speak them to
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@keek33kee #Dear6yearoldself Everyone thinks your cuter then me
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@garyalexz #dear6yearoldself and trust me on this, don’t forget the sunscreen…
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@morethangood_13 #Dear6YearOldSelf if you think a scraped knee hurts…just wait till you get your heart broken.
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@TanyaKovarsky #Dear6yearoldself Enjoy the colours of Smarties because one day they’ll be dull sans colourants
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@RabinHarduth #Dear6yearoldself you will kiss white girls. I know its illegal now – but just wait out 1994!
@iamSivN #Dear6YearOldSelf Mommy isn’t just drinking coffee out that mug
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@deenschroeder #Dear6YearOldSelf that American guy doing the Verimark ads will be selling new versions of the Twister for the next 20years
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@JayTheHoodlum#Dear6yearoldself There is no monster under your bed. He’s in Limpopo working on his application to be the president of the ANC Youth League
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@solidgame #Dear6YearOldSelf the Berlin wall will fall and years after that….Janet Jackson’s tit will fall out her shirt.
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@Zombie_Phil#dear6yearoldself You were adopted. Kidding, kidding! Jeesh stop crying.
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@FreemanSA66 #Dear6yearoldself don’t ever forget that the ewoks helped overthrow the empire and that it made sense …
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@Jess_Obese #Dear6yearOldSelf the popular girls will get fat and pregnant before 21. Don’t worry.
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@YesReallyAngel #Dear6YearOldSelf Your mom is from Zim, she can’t speak Afrikaans. When she translates Heidi for you off tv… she’s making it up.
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@clumsymonkeydbn #Dear6YearOldSelf your parents do have a favourite
@Mike_Slinky #Dear6yearoldself Dont watch Twilight not matter what the girl you with promises to do to you. You’ll understand the last bit when you older
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@_taramay #Dear6yearoldself Mom says your freckles will disappear when you turn 12. Heads up: she’s lying.
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@LadyK_za #Dear6YearOldSelf those stacked lumo socks will go out of fashion but u will talk about them forever
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@LanceTheWitten #Dear6YearOldSelf Y U NO STAY SIX??
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@Steve_Leach #Dear6yearoldself Girl germs turn out to be delicious. Who would have thought?
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@19milefall #dear6yearoldself what do you contribute to this world? Nothing. You’re a leach. Become older already.
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@justnormalafro #dear6yearoldself you will never get a tamagotchi from our parents, try and steal one
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@The_Stuart_H #Dear6yearoldself I need you to find and kill George Lucas. His work is done.
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@khayadlanga #Dear6YearOldSelf You should have known he’s that uncle.
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@ShellsPemBroke #Dear6yearoldself use the word “scrotum” in a sentence today. You’ll get lots of friends.
@kotters_za #Dear6yearoldself there is no candy in that mans van! 0.o
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@HagenEngler #dear6yearoldself Your pet pig Archie who went on holiday? That spitbraai? Do the math, boet.
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@brodiegal #dear6yearoldself brushing your hair <is> a waste of time.
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@stephan_s3 #Dear6YearOldSelf you have no idea what im saying here because you couldnt speak english back then
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@TheJoLurie #Dear6YearOldSelf Boys aren’t gross. Well, some of them are.
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@Rowdy_Lu#Dear6yearOldSelf you will eventualy love your greens so much that you end up smoking them.
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@Merlot_Girl #Dear6YearOldSelf we turned out ok :)
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@khayadlanga #dear6yearoldself Make sure Oprah, Madonna or Angelina adopt you.
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@JayTheHoodlum #Dear6yearoldself Our mom lied to you, Bruce Lee is not your real daddy, put the nun-chucks down before you hurt yourself, again
@Craigep #Dear6YearOldSelf the ‘step’ haircut is fuggin stupid and Vanilla Ice is a fake… You won’t need therapy after hearing this.
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@YesReallyAngel #dear6yearoldself your dad knows a lot of cool stuff. He dies in 10 years. Ask him more questions.
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@ngwanamosadi #dear6yearoldself I wish you were sober enough for me to remember you.
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@Hi5_Master #Dear6YearOldSelf @YesReallyAngel will one day start a trend that makes old people talk to little children
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@velvetlesbian #Dear6yearoldself stop squirting water up the dog’s butt.
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@willis_w #Dear6yearoldself Your picture of a robot dinosaur destroying Durban and squashing people wasn’t grounds for a psychiatric check up.
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@willis_w #Dear6yearoldself The old lady across the road knows nothing about life. You pee wherever you want to.
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@Runningflyhalf #Dear6yearoldself: if you tell everyone to get out of the Twin Towers on 11 Sept 2001, you’ll be a hero. Or get arrested. Ok, scrap that.
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@stilettoB #Dear6yearoldself the boy you see in assembly and think is cute – guess what – u marry him one day
@JayTheHoodlum #Dear6yearoldself Those LA Gear sneakers, with the lil red lights.. Enjoy them bud, It’s all downhill after that
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@justnormalafro #Dear6yearoldself beating your sister in cricket doesn’t mean you’re gonna become a protea
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@DumzDumile #dear6yearoldself sorry to break it to you but Barney is not really a dinosaur..just a guy with a bad job.
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@neiLLanthony #Dear6YearOldSelf don’t click on the DM ..nobody is saying bad things about you
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@TanyaKovarsky #Dear6yearoldself Even though you will come last at every athletics and cross country race, you’ll still finish Comrades
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@spillly #Dear6YearOldSelf lean in & try kiss more girls. The worst that will happen is you will get the cheek. Forget the awkwardness.
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@Chrisingit #Dear6yearoldself that girl you won’t hold hands with, her names Emma Watson, she gets cast in Harry Potter…Dick !
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@beanbagboy Shit! Is the #Dear6YearOldSelf thing done? Is it too late to tell myself to NOT WATCH “2 Girls 1 Cup” no matter how funny they say it is?!
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Olympic Gold Medalist Ryk Neethling even took part
@RykNeethling #Dear6YearOldSelf be nice to your little sister, she will become your biggest inspiration and teach you some of life’s hardest lessons.
And so did ex Springbok Bob Skinstad!
@BobSkinstad #Dear6yearoldself – one day, you will be able to play in the #capetowntens once a year, and all will be right with the world
My personal favourite:
@JayTheHoodlum #Dear6yearoldself Michael Jackson di… Never mind, show me your moonwalk again
Ah. compiling that list of tweets made me happy again. :)
Please feel free to comment your favourite tweets or what YOU would say to your Dear 6 Year Old Self.
*Random High Five back in time to our 6 year old selves* Make them proud.

About YesReallyAngel

quirky, sardonic, sarcastic, ironic, satirical girl. Lover of marshmallows and high-fives.
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6 Responses to #Dear6YearOldSelf One day you will trend on Twitter

  1. I was so bored that night and following the hashtag really made me smile. Thanks for saving my boring evening :-)

  2. Kelly says:

    Reading through these had made me laugh and cry a little too :) One of the best trends I’ve seen.

  3. Camilla says:

    Dear6yearoldself: One day you will travel the world and meet amazing people, One of them you will meet in Thailand, and you will laugh more than ever! She now made me talk to you. You are truly blessed. Remember to thank her.

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