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!
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*