6-year-old Ayaan Diop is inspiring adults with his calm morning practice of drinking lemon and honey tea while reading a chapter book at 6:30 a.m.
Early mornings can be stressful, especially if you have a long day ahead of you and plenty of things to accomplish and organize. Nobody has quite mastered the art of starting a busy day with mindfulness, but 6-year-old Ayaan Diop, who is inspiring adults with his calm morning practice, has most definitely nailed it. Diop, a New Yorker, has gone viral on social media after his mother and author, Alissa Holder, recently shared a video of her son “casually drinking” lemon and honey tea while reading a chapter book at 6:30 a.m. “Ayaan likes his alone time and enjoys a calm and relaxing morning. He does not like to be rushed," Holder told TODAY.
“At first, I laughed because who does he think he is?” Holder captioned her Instagram post. “But then I realized that I’m glad he had this moment of calm and focus for himself before he starts his day at school.” Holder said Diop wakes up an hour before his younger siblings to enjoy a quiet morning. "I’ll get him up early, and he’ll use the extra time to do a quiet activity," Holder added. She and her husband, Alpha Diop, an artist, are also parents of a 3-year-old daughter, Alaïa, and a 5-month-old son, Asé. The mom of three mentioned that she always keeps a “self-care caddy” outside the Diop's door that contains essentials, including body lotion, face oil, and a book.
Diop is reading "Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid" by Jeff Kinney in the now-viral video. “He’s always been really kind and caring,” Holder said, adding that Diop loves entertaining his two siblings and that he also plays the African drums, loves “all kinds of sports,” and does food reviews. “He’s definitely well-rounded,” Holder concluded. The people in the comments were in awe of Diop and were quick enough to make him the viral toddler of the day. "Whose 55-year-old daddy is trapped in this baby? Love this," said @only1kescha. "This child has a high 700 credit score lol I love the responsibility," wrote @suki_greene. "I love that his collar looks like the six-year-old dressed himself but the old man him needs his coffee and newspaper before work," added @im_leah.d.
Diop is a national treasure and also appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2019 after a video of him reciting positive affirmations on his way to school at three years old had gone viral. According to the New York Post, Diop can be heard saying, “I am smart, I am blessed, I can do anything." During the segment, Holder said she started teaching her son the affirmation when he was just 2 years old, so he would have “something positive” to focus on.
DeGeneres further suggested that his mantra should also add, "I am adorable," to which Diop responded with an excitable “Yes!” The Instagram video has since received over 3 million views and DeGeneres told Holder that the video is “the kind of thing we want to see right now.” The video made the rounds during the pandemic and the timings could not have been more perfect. “We want to see happiness, we want to see positivity — and especially we want to start our young people off like this so that they have this belief,” DeGeneres told Diop.