This thought was inspired during a conversation with a good friend mine, Brendan. He made this ‘proud-parent’ comment (yes we are always trying to one-up each other!) that went something along the lines of: “well educated kids with a foundation of health will have an unfair advantage in the future”. This really resonated with me, and I couldn’t agree with him more. We say that knowledge is power. But we also have to have the capacity to apply that knowledge. And most importantly, to gain it.
Much has been written about this before, including in many of our blogs: we know that the type, amount and intensity of physical activity one performs affects capacity for memory, learning and creative application of such gained knowledge; with the effect of of health on cognitive function being very well documented. So could health be one of the currencies that will help us succeed in the future?
It’s not unreasonable to think that those not in good health, those held back by physical pain, by health conditions will certainly not get the best outcomes, right?!
So, what future adults are we forming? What inheritance will we leave our kids??
I feel this challenge deeply. My most important job is to raise my kids to grow into well adjusted future adults, that will be an asset to their society. Yet I feel the pressure of our current environment already, with screens, Youtube stars and iPad games leading to my kids being a lot more inactive than I would like them to be. And I truly fear that this will affect their capacity to flourish to their greatest potential as adults. So I’m writing this as much to myself as to you.
I strongly believe that those that will be intellectually and physically more agile and flexible in the future will hold a real advantage. While we are living longer, we are certainly not living healthier, and that decrease in health will be a burden in many different ways.
If I could put this blog in front of kids I would be very happy, but it’s more likely that it’ll get read by adults… So it’s up to you to model behaviours that will set a foundation for a healthy life ahead.
Will you join me in giving our kids the best inheritance possible??