When a friend of mine asked if I wanted to attend We Day with him in a sponsor suite at Rogers Arena, I was all over it. And as soon as we sat down, I couldn’t help but start taking notes – there were just so many “quotables”.
Here are some of my faves, as well as a brief highlight of the issues surrounding them.
Don’t get bitter, get better. – Lilly Singh
This Shorty Award-winning You Tube star was electric on the stage in front of 20,000 people. She was such good vibes, and her main topic was all about spreading “girl love”. She basically said that from a young age, girls are taught to compete with one another, be vengeful, bitchy, and hateful. I can definitely recall moments of living this reality when I was in high school, particularly when I got the crap kicked out of me at a party when I was 14 years old. At the time, I wasn’t bitter, I was just petrified of it happening again. How refreshing and encouraging to know that young girls who go to this even will be exposed to the #girllove message through uplifting celebrities like Lilly Singh.
Without a doubt, being disabled doesn’t mean being unable. – Spencer West
It’s heart-wrenching to see a young guy come out on stage in a wheelchair because he doesn’t have any legs, but even more, it’s inspiring that he has used his birth defect to spread accessibility and an anti-bully message across the world. And if it weren’t enough for Spencer to travel around the world with We Day, he also took it upon himself to climb Kilimanjaro on his hands. He made me feel that my health issues were manageable, and that really, so many people don’t get lost in their issues because they’re too busy helping others. Amazing.
There’s always an elegant solution to keep you aligned with your passion. – Paula Abdul
I had a great time chatting with one of the girls in my suite about how we used to lip-sync to Paula Abdul when we were kids. But to hear about the struggles she endured around her body, skills, and appearance while I was singing in the mirror to Coldhearted Snake made her so human, and so relatable.
You have to practice a lot. Even if it is hard work, you have to practice a lot. Because then you get so good. – Jacob Tremblay
WE Day is all about young people coming together because they are passionate about changing the world. And bringing on board this incredible little spark plug (superstar child actor who was in “Room” with Brie Larson) must have been motivation for so many of the attendees to get their butts in gear and start helping, no matter their age. This kid was so inspiring, uplifting, and well spoken. My fave speaker of the day.
One of my very favourite hashtags (and there were a lot) was #generationkindness – the goal being to make every single kid feel good at school.
WE Day is dedicated to kids, but if you ever get a chance to check one out, I’d recommend it all day long. If you’d like to find out more, or you’d like to donate to this amazing cause, check out their site and get lost in all the agents of positive change that are actually doing things to help the world. These are truly people who want to be good at life, and who are actually making it happen, for themselves and for others.
It’s humbling and heartwarming, and a reflection of standards that made me want to burst with purpose and insight.