Willow and MeRuby Karp

Here is the thing about the Smith family: I appreciate the movies they’ve made (Karate Kid, Men in Black, Madagascar). But beyond that, I didn’t know much about Willow Smith other than that her family is famous and blah blah blah. And then I watched this video and I realized, Willow and I have some things in common.

  1. We have moms who are awesome. Well, mine is. Willow’s mom seems to be also.
  2. We like to make videos. When Willow was 10 years old, she sang “Whip My Hair” and this video came out. And you know what? It’s pretty fun. It captures the awesomeness of being 10 and just having fun.
  3. We think a lot about the world.
  4. We both have tumblrs and I hope you follow us.
  5. We are both 12 years old. At this point in our lives, we’re not really little kids anymore but we’re not teenagers. And yet, we have so much going on in our heads. So much.

Willow is also lucky enough to have a dad who supports her decisions. I was really impressed with this thing that her dad, Will Smith, said: “If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.” I love this quote. It shows me that she has an incredible support network at home. I think if you are going to do the things you want to do in your life, you need to have someone in your corner, rooting for you.

And I think it doesn’t matter how famous you are—even in this video, Willow talks about how being famous can be a big problem. Having support from the people you love is very important. And I think about this a lot because, well, I have dreams. And I have to work really hard if I want what I have in my heart for myself to become reality. And I couldn’t do this without the support I have from the people I love.

In the Red Table Talks, Jada says to Willow,  “All experiences, good and bad, make you who you are today.” I loved this. Mostly because this advice isn’t just for a tween, it’s for everyone. Everything you do and see affects you and eventually makes you who you are.

So after watching the Red Table talks, the Smith family gained my total respect. What did you think? Did you like it? What were your favorite lines?

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  1. Wow that was amazing!! Thank you for posting this! SO MUCH WISDOM!! It’s amazing to see them going through that transformation together – realizing that each of them is so much more than the role they take on and how deeply connected they feel with each other. It’s really hard to put feelings like that into words so it takes a lot of courage be so vulnerable and try to express how much love and appreciation you have for someone.

    I really like what Jada said at the end, “We’re gonna always come across some kind of conflict, a contrast, that’s what life is. So it’s not about avoiding it, it’s not about being mad because it comes your way, it’s just about confronting it and dealing with it because that’s life. And you and I will have our ups and we’ll have our downs…but they all make a very big, strong tree with very deep roots at the end of the day.” You’re so right, this applies to everyone :)