Life is so simple. When it comes to children, it really is monkey see monkey do. Earlier today as I was riding my bike through D.C., I stopped at a local park to workout. A few minutes into doing some pull ups, two young men ran up and started naming in order the workouts that I was doing.
They started to imitate me by doing some pull ups. They even did some push ups. The one boy grabbed my band and started to do some bicep curls. A few minutes later their mother walked over and we introduced ourselves to each other. She had her daughter with her who was intrigued with pull ups as well, so she even tried to do some. As I talked with and interacted with the kids, an older guy came by and started to do some pull ups. I said, “that feels good, don’t it?” He said, “Yeah, but it’s been so long since I have done any.” I’m like, “It feels good tho anyway!” He said, “You’re right!”
Children are looking for adults who are doing interesting/ cool things. I said it a thousand times before and I will continue to repeat myself until I am blue in the face, BE CAREFUL OF YOUR ACTIONS AND WHAT YOU PORTRAY TO THE YOUTH AS COOL! Don’t be one of those people who complain about the lack of enthusiasm in the youth towards the outdoors or education, but you spend all of your time sitting on the couch, slouching. You have to show them by taking initiative and doing what it is that you want them to do, first. Be their example.
As for the adults, think back to when you were a kid. Didn’t you use to mock (imitate) people just for the fun of it. Or to annoy that person. The same goes for the children of today. They will imitate you even if you don’t know that they are.
This system has conditioned us so much that our hearts have been hardened to the point where we have forgotten about how joyful it is to be a child and a child at heart. We have to reevaluate our hearts, minds and souls. Reevaluate our actions. What are we leading others to do, when we do what we do?
Somebody is always watching! Know that!