Last week I came across this video Nature Valley (the granola bar company) put together called “Nature Valley 3 Generations.” The question What did you like to do for fun as a kid? was asked to three generations. The grandparents and parents that responded gave fairly similar answers. It had something to do with the outdoors and the kids responses had something to do with technology: playing video games, watching videos, text, email, etc.
Back in the day when I was still in school and had summer vacataion, I would remember asking my mom what I should do today. Immediately she’d rattle off a list of things to do, outside: shoot hoops, ride my bike, skateboard, inline skate, play roller hockey, throw the baseball, play wallball. And these were just a few of her endless suggestions. Even when she would get on my brother and me to get our summer reading done, she’d suggest us go outside and sit underneath a tree or by the pool or pond to read.
As we got older my brother and I started getting into video games. My parents were first enamored at the quality of the video game graphics (this is back in 2003, I can only imagine what they’d think of if they saw a video game today) and then they’d tell us to get our butts outside. We were pretty upset when they’d tell us to give the video game a rest and get some fresh air, but now I’m glad they did. They’d even tell us to get outside and play in the rain when it rained all day…
can you believe that!
Looking back on my “childhood” all my favorite memories come from being outside. Practicing my pitching with my dad in the driveway, playing street hockey and skating with my brother, the endless days of surfing, camping trips with my mom (my dad still hates camping to this day), winning a fishing tournament with my dad in high school, snorkeling in the Keys on family vacations. The list can go on…Not once though have I built a favorite memory on something that’s happened in a video game or talking about a video or tv show.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly believe there’s some merit to technology (have I mentioned how happy I am that you’re here and reading this? ;)).
We’re born with this innate need of exploration. The will to want to find what’s out there, what’s outside our understanding. Staying inside and missing out on what’s out there in this beautiful world would just be robbing anyone of what they need in life.