This new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about nurturing creativity, mindfulness and a healthy body (pizza for lunch, you say?). I spend all day at my computer and by the time I get home I usually feel like a zombie, with brainstorming, making and (most of all) blogging right at the end of my to-do list after 1. Take a bath 2. Eat dinner 3. Eat ALL the chocolate. A friend sent me a link to this video of a 13 year old giving a talk at Tedx about his experience of Homeschooling. This boy is so passionate about learning and broadening his horizons because he applies school subjects like English, physics and maths to what he likes to do; in essence, he’s largely in control of his own education, governed by what makes him excited to learn.
My favourite part is when he talks about what kids want to be when they grow up – the simplest, purest answer?
To be happy.
But parents are going for answers like teacher, astronaut, doctor, because they take it for granted that their child will be a happy and healthy adult, but that’s not always the case. So why don’t schools put as much emphasis on being happy and healthy as they do on their academic curriculum? I really recommend watching this video – what a great way to start a Friday morning, inspired by a 13 year old boy.