Hope that you all are well, so initially this post was going to go into a completely different direction, then I had a sat and thought that I would sway it the other way.
We currently live in a society that is so busy all the time, technology changes overnight, kids are that much more tech savvy and advanced, not to mention how fast life seems to have become. The world news on the other hand, has become such a constant state of devastation and terror. Pick up any newspaper and the front page will contain at least one article concerning either government corruption, murder, rape, war, terror, the list is endless.
You are probably sitting and wondering so what’s your point? As kids we know really none of this, we live our lives in happiness and as we grow older we tend to realize that the world is not all peaches and roses thus removing the rose tinted lenses; and we start to become a bit more cynical and we lose the magic of our innocence.
That being said, I have been a geek for as long as I can remember, ever the introvert, my nose was always stuck in book, or drawing, or living in my own little fantasy. It also made me a target for bullies throughout high school, but that we will leave for another day.
Growing up, I always had the craziest imagination, if I wasn’t pretending to be a power ranger *the yellow one obviously cause she was badass*, then it was being a ballerina, or a kung-fu warrior, then as I got older I eagerly awaited my letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry *Still waiting for said letter*. This may sound silly to some, but even though I grew up and became an adult, I still held onto the magic of possibility.
I feel that it is so important to maintain that magic for our children, so that they learn to nurture their imaginations and reach the fullest potential of their creativity. What magic? I mean putting away the technology and going on adventures, exploring new places, reading books on new things, building things together. It’s all those little things that will help to grow kids into adults that are able to look past hardship and into potential.
As of late I have been on bed rest, so I am not always able to take Cupcake out on my own, but even if it is just an early evening walk along Sea Point Park or a walk through the grass at our local park, I feel that it is so important to place emphasis on physical play over zoning out in front of a TV. Let’s take it a step further and include creative play, so that even when you indoors, you are able to let their imaginations soar.
This week alone has proven that the youth of today is sadly being drawn into the dark side *apologies for the Star Wars reference, although it’s true* and as modern day parents, we have a greater responsibility to share the beauty of life and to give our children hope of a brighter future regardless of what’s happening in the world today.
So spread a little sunshine, and we can make the world a better place 🙂
Always with Love & Peace,