A couple of months ago – I watched this video about a young boy called Caine who had built an arcade out of old cardboard boxes.  I’m so inspired by this kind of thing:  people who refuse to allow their limitations (i.e.:  I don’t have enough money!) – to stop them from pursuing their dreams.

If you haven’t watched this story…  I almost want to beg you to watch it.  It is so challenging… beautiful and inspiring…

Here it is:

Everything about that story moves me… resonates with me… and makes me want to leap up and down and shriek “Yes! Yes!  Exactly!”

Today… I found the follow up story – (also a MUST-MUST watch vid)…

Here it is:

Again…  I sat watching with a huge grin on my face and feeling the tears stinging the corner of my eyes.

EVERYTHING about this story moves me…

  • The boy who had a dream and built an arcade out of cardboard and bits of junk.
  • The filmmaker who was buying a door handle – but who recognised Caine’s gift – and saw an opportunity to help… using HIS resources (his skills in filmmaking & storytelling).
  • The people who were inspired by the story and who made the effort to get off their bums and support Caine’s arcade…
  • The movement of creativity… and innovation… and play… that has been spawned by all of this…

And so much more…

This story resonates so deeply with my core-values that I feel like I could explode.  I LOVE projects or causes that encourage creativity… innovation… problem-solving… forward-thinking all wrapped up in PLAY…  when you’re doing what you love – it’s never a “chore” – no matter how hard the work is.

The NASA guy who built the thingy that landed on Mars recently…  he’s standing there with a huge grin on his face… because he has been doing what he loves (since a little boy).  I’m sure he (and his team) has worked VERY hard to build that fabulous machine – but… it’s not a slog… a schlep… a daily-chore-of-suckyness… he had a passion – a dream – something that he was excited about – and it is painted all over his gleeful face.

Little Caine – same thing.  That cardboard arcade took a LOT of work… and innovation… and planning… but he loved every second of it (and look how many other kids his story has inspired!).

And the filmmaker!  How many people would so freely give of their talents and time to help someone else?  Inspiring stuff!

So many CAN-doers in this story… I could go on… and on…

There is just SO much about this story that I love.

Watch the videos for yourself.  That’s all.  Watch.