All too often, I wonder whether an under-thirty aged, first-world living citizen would ever consider walking a 20-minute distance on a daily basis. If anything, wouldn’t it be seen as an eccentricity? Actually, it doesn’t take great skill to be that observant to realise of the many non-friendly, sedentary effects our contemporary lifestyle has had.
Those born less than three decades ago have grown in a society whose routine assumes the availability of any means of transport. Many readers would even consider the mere idea of accessing their home without an elevator unthinkable. Nonetheless, this dependency is just part of the story. As a millennial, I belong to a generation whose imagination has been utterly captivated by the fantasy offered by either TV series, videogames or social networks. Playing in the neighborhood outdoors is not as appealing as it used to be. But along with this technologic boom, we have all witnessed the shift family values have undergone. Some enthusiastically argue that, while in the past children were pushed to take on responsibilities quite early on, nowadays parents could be jailed for doing exactly so. Therefore, youth is provided with neither the opportunity, nor the confidence to stand in action.
Too frequently have we heard of the need of a closer parental care. However true, it lacks realism; many can barely afford seeing their children after long working hours. Undoubtedly, the problem is educational and should be treated observative. Talking from experience, state schools should dare to think out of the box and stop limiting themselves to academic subjects. Leaving volunteering or sports competition on a secondary place, when not ignored, is like chopping a part of one’s personality off.
The truth is, these are changing times we live in, and institutions should evolve with them. In the end, youth inactivity has become so blended in our reality we have hardly realised its consequences. Good news is, measures can be taken. Only let’s hope we react on time!