Every day, my sister sends me links to videos she thinks I'd like . Just in the past month she's sent me one for tattoo removal, giant balloons shaped like fish that are motorized and "swim" in the air, a cat meowing underwater, how to be a hipster, deers kicking dogs, woodchucks eating ice cream, animals playing games in iPads, squirrels eating potato chips... you get the point.
None of them have moved me quite like the Lil BUB video she sent me though (if you haven't already watched the video posted above, you should do so now). While Lil BUB is both a healthy and active cat, she has osteopetrosis (that's when the bones harden and can cause stunted growth or deformity), meaning she walks and eats a little more uniquely than other cats do. Her bearded owner, at the persuasion of his friends, began a blog and was struck at the outpouring of uplifting fan mail Lil Bub received. She recently just put out a book called Lil Bub's Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet, and it includes photos of her exploring the pyramids (which her ancestors built, bee tee dubs), skateboarding, and sending messages into space. Seriously: check it out.
Lil BUB has struck a chord in my heart. Every video and photo of her just makes me smile (and who doesn't love being filled with joy?). She seems like such a genuinely happy and unconditionally loved cat. And that's encouraging to me. It restores my faith in humanity's ability to care and it reminds me that is okay to be little different (and to embrace it, too). I implore you to check out the Lil Bub website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course YouTube.
Finding out about Lil BUB and following her adventures? This is is truly the best thing that's ever happened to me... today.