When tech and gaming writer Sm1tty Sm1t [sic], aka Josh Smith, took a photo of his son Kaleb on the first day of school he was only doing what every other parent on the Internet has done: capture a milestone of childhood and then share it with the world. It’s what we do. Little did he know the impact his photo would have or the depths of inspiration that the Internet would provide.
Sometimes the Internet surprises you.
First, some backstory: You have probably seen people that dress up in elaborate homemade costumes based on their favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters at your local Comic-Con. That’s called cosplay (from “costume play”). It’s a thing.
When Smith put his son’s photo on the popular sharing site Reddit it caught the eye of the cosplay community. Why? Take a look at the fine print on Kaleb’s photo (below). He wants to be a Power Ranger when he grows up. Now that’s a goal. When I was his age I wanted to be a stop sign, and that didn’t catch the eye of anybody.
The cosplay community noticed Kaleb’s dream, and they responded. What followed was downright inspirational.