I have just come across this documentary.
Unfortunately it is not showing in Australia, but if you are in the States, it looks like it will be well worth your while to watch it.
Our young people have been put on a treadmill.
To get the best results.
To get into the best schools.
To get into the best universities.
And get the best qualifications.
To get the best job.
And make the most money.
To buy the most stuff.
Where is the call to self actualisation?
Love for thy neighbour?
Our society has an illness.
We are destroying the planet and ourselves just so that we can accumulate more stuff.
And because the media keeps telling us that we are not acceptable as human beings because we don't have more stuff, we just stay on the treadmill so that we can keep working to buy more stuff.
I have been there.
I was pushed academically at school.
I got into a really good course.
I got a really good qualification.
And I got a really good job.
Which I hated.
I was off sick a lot.
With migraines and sinus headaches.
Classic illnesses associated with stress.
As soon as I passed my last board exam, I got pregnant.
Because all I ever wanted was to be a mother.
It was such a frivolous goal when I should have been hoping to achieve fame and fortune.
I wouldn't have dared to say it out loud.
I had to go back to work when Annie was only four months old.
We lived in a society where parenthood is not considered a profession.
Raising our future citizens to be the best contributors to our society is not really important.
Much more important is to get back on the treadmill.
So that we can get more stuff and send our children to the best schools so that they can work to buy their own stuff one day.
So I ended up with post natal depression.
Once I got back to work.
It was all too much for my sensitive soul.
I stayed in paid employment for another two years until we moved to Australia.
Where we decided that we don't care about the stuff.
And I have the most important profession in the world.
And I get to learn so much from my little two.
Who live in the moment.
And don't care about the stuff.
They care about being with me.
And the birds in the sky.
And the mud in their toes.
It makes me so sad that we as a society kill that in our children.
By getting them Nintendos and dressing them like little adults.
We are taking away their childhood.
Swimming lessons, dancing lessons, horse riding, baby gym, toddler activities, French for toddlers, teaching babies to read, extravagant birthday parties, does it ever end?
Whatever happened to playing in the mud?
I am glad that I send Annie to a place where she is not confined to a desk.
She can move freely, as this is what her body needs.
She doesn't need to ask to go to the bathroom.
She gets as much outside time as she wants.
And in this mad world, I can give her a bit of her childhood.
I am also glad to see that there is a movement.
A movement that is recognising the madness.
I hope that it will get more parents to slow down.
Look at their child.
And just give them a childhood.
To watch the trailer and learn more about the movie, click here.