Over the past week, I’ve heard several mentions about the UK National Trusts’ 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 campaign. The campaign was started to get youngsters active and outside, and I think the concept is great!
Upon reviewing the list of 50 things to do (printable pdf), I was immediately taken back to my youth, where we had but one TV in the house, and no video games. We played outside ALL the time. On the other hand, I can’t help but think that there’s no reason I can’t find enjoyment in these activities as an adult! The list includes things like fly a kite, dam a stream, play in the snow, and pick wild blackberries. Why should these things be reserved for pre-teens?
Of course, I don’t think it was the UK National Trusts’ intention was to exclude teenagers and adults from these activities. However, I do believe that many of the seemingly simple and juvenile activities on the list aren’t enjoyed enough by adults. In an era where culture makes it seem that enjoyment only comes from purchased goods and services, I think this campaign serves as a healthy reminder that some of the best things in life are free.
It’s pretty breezy out. I think me and my little guy will go fly a kite.