Inspiration for the new year came from an unexpected place. A friend sent the link to a video made by a 10-year-old African American boy from New Jersey. There was a lot of wisdom in that wee voice, and it left me wishing that positive attitudes were as contagious as less desirable characteristics — that voices such as his were lifted up and revered on the same stage as today’s popular entertainers.
After watching the clip — where the child explained why there is enough room in the world for all of us to spread our wings and fly — I began trying to find out who this kid was. I found out more from an article in Vibe, which explained that Nyeeam Hudson is known on Instagram as King Nahh. A video he posted — sharing an incident in which he was teased for wearing FILA sneakers to the park instead of more popular shoes worn by his peers — has been shared thousands of times.
Instead of allowing the taunts by other children to affect his self esteem or draw anger, Hudson reacted with a maturity that escapes some adults these days. Take note, grown-ups. “So I told the kid, it’s not about what I have on my feet, it’s about what I have inside my head,” Hudson told Vibe. “No matter what I’m wearing, what I have on it’s about my information, the knowledgeable things in life. These sneakers are not even going to fit you 20 years from now.”
So true. Yet far too many children, following in their parents’ footsteps, place greater value on outward appearances, instead of the things that foster good character development. Turns out, Hudson is a motivational speaker, has his own website at www.kingnahh.com and You Tube channel.
He can be booked for speaking engagements. And he has Instagram and Twitter followers for his positive messages.
The video that caught my attention was about deleting the negativity in your life in the coming year. Here’s what he had to say: “Delete everything that don’t benefit you, whether it’s people, delete them. If it’s memories, delete it. Because if you go into the new year with all these negative things, they’re not going to do anything but drag you back. So take it all and reverse it. Add positive things, add positive people, add positive memories because that is going to push you up toward your mission, up toward your goal.
“And don’t focus on competing with anyone. If it’s someone doing the same thing you are doing, don’t focus on competing with them. It’s gonna get you no where. I’m a motivational speaker and there are thousands of motivational speakers around the world. If I focus on competing with them, then I’m gonna be stuck in the same place I was when I tried to start … . Butterflies and mosquitos fly in the same sky. There is enough room for both of them to spread their wings and fly.”
How’s that for some truth? And straight from the mouth of someone who has a decade of life under his belt. In a year marred by a contentious presidential election and poor examples of conduct set by adults, this child helps restore my faith in humanity.
Happy New Year. Stay positive. And take Hudson’s advice: hit the delete button, if necessary.
Shea Wilson is the former managing editor of the El Dorado News-Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter.com @sheawilson7.