Hello Physical Literacy fans!
I wanted to share with you some fresh new insights that I have from my recent international experience. Over the break, my wife and I traveled with some friends to India to Kerala for a little bit of sight seeing and to be a tourist. During our time there, I kept having a feeling that something is missing in this beautiful place but I could not put my finger on it. As the trip progressed I slowly realised that there was something wrong, why haven’t I seen or heard any kids playing in the playgrounds or any games?
Numerous times I walked by lonely playgrounds who were missing the sounds of children playing, sport fields that showed no signs of use in a long time and abandoned volleyball nets randomly set up but not used. Only once in my journey did I see a game of soccer being played by small children and a group of military officers playing a game of volleyball and I thought to myself why? Why did it take almost 5 full days for me to see any physical activity?
A conclusion that I have come up with is resources. We often forget that we are blessed to have such an abundance to time and resources where we can go out and be physically active for leisure purposes. Leisurely physical activity is an excellent way to develop social bonds between family, friends and complete strangers and is an excellent way to increase our quality of life and health. Spending time in front of a screen squanders these resources that we have. I know that after my experience visiting India (which I do recommend!!!) I am more grateful to have the ability to be physically active every day!