I want to talk about a change I’m seeing in the world, a positive change.
I’m a huge football fan and grew up in a world that revolved around football. I trained and played several times a week from the age of 8 years-old. At break time in school I regularly missed my school dinner to extend my time spent kicking a ball around with my mates. I thought about nothing else. Football allowed me to express myself and my creative abilities within the boundaries of this one sport.
Football is obviously heavily a team sport. Something that as a kid I never once took note of, was that some children may not suit a team sport. For me being in a team and leading teams as I did regularly was the best feeling for my personality. Its not until you grow up and/or have your own kids that you realise not all children are the same.
I’m experiencing this first hand now. My football days are over and I would have loved Corben to follow suit but the simple fact right now at 5 years-old, is that he simply has no interest in football or any team sports really. Now I know it’s early days but I’m pretty sure he’ll never have that passion I had for football and team sports. Guess what, I’m absolutely fine with that, in fact I encourage him to embrace his individuality. He’s very confident in taking things on alone in his own manner, it’s admirable.
Corben’s personality has opened up my mind to have the conversation I want to have in this very post, the rise of creative individual opportunities for the youth of today.
I think it’s a huge positive for today’s children that individual, creative sports such as Freestyle BMX, Sport Climbing, Surfing, Karate and Skateboarding have been approved as Olympic Sports ready for Tokyo 2020.
The majority of these activities were merely hobbies when I was a kid. Riding your BMX and breaking your arm in an attempt to do a bunny hop was just part of growing up. If you were really good then it meant you gained extra cool points within your group of friends. Nowadays if you’re a Freestyle BMX master, you can create a YouTube channel around your skills and compete at the Olympics! It’s an incredible time to be creatively brilliant.
I have no stats or specific knowledge to back this up, other than I live in the world and notice a lot of stuff, but Skateboarding must be one of the fastest growing sport/activity trends in the last few years. Skateboarding has always been around but to a general person without a particular interest in it, it’s seem since the rise of all other creative activities such as YouTube and Instagram, Skateboarding’s popularity has risen alongside.
I know there’s always been certain levels of competition for these sports I’ve mentioned, but it feels like being approved as an Olympic sport legitimises them further as a viable career choice.
If I’d have said 10 years ago that I wanted to video record my day-to-day life and share my thoughts, feelings and experiences with other people online as a career, you’d have laughed in my face and told me to get a real job. 10 years ago I’d have laughed in my own face on my way to my ‘real’ job. I say that today and it’s proven that there is now legitimate career choices in creative media, sports and other team or individual creative industries.
Listen, there’s a lot happening in today’s world that isn’t so good…
But, I’m raising my children in a world where when you say ‘You can be and do anything you want’ it’s actually true.
That fills me with such positivity about my children’s futures and motivates me to remind them as well as myself that if they work hard at anything they’re in love with and passionate about, whether that be medicine, law, football, YouTube or skateboarding, they can achieve whatever they want.
As always I’d love to read your thoughts on this in the comments…