lofty goals ✦ the world needs more dreamers who are doers. So often we’re told to play: ‘Play! Be a child again! Let yourself be free!’ The problem with this is what we usually interpret it as physically playing. ‘Play’ also means playing in the mind: imagining, daydreaming, creating other worlds or creatures never-before-seen. Dare to (day)dream, people. Better yet, dare to make your dreams reality. The world needs more dreamers who are also doers.
I’m working towards becoming this person, where one of my biggest dreams is passing a legislation that mandates a Life Lessons lesson in the national curriculum. I strongly disagree with today’s education system and more specifically, what/how students are taught and how they are assessed, because the majority of schools are are structured in a way that inherently benefits a percentage of students simply because of their wiring.
I want the life lessons class to focus purely on practical knowledge that no one tells you about or that is assumed knowledge. I want to help children/teens whose parents mightn’t think to share this information, know this information, or even be around to be able to share this information. I want people to never face a common life situation and then have people say, ‘Oh, didn’t you know that?’ Uh, no, no I fucking didn’t! Basic things like: how to start your own business, how to write a bitchin’ pitch, how to invest your money, how to do your tax, how to buy a house, what to do if your flat has a leak, how to fix a flat tyre, how to develop mental resilience, how to best tell someone bad or awkward news, how to gracefully accept rejection, how to break up with someone, how to best communicate your boundaries with others. Pretty fundamental stuff.
The way the world works now is backwards! You don’t successfully bake a cake, having never made one before, and chuck a bunch of ingredients together, expecting it to work out perfectly. I’m proposing we mandate a metaphorical recipe book for beginner “cooks.” Our system is set up so that we do shit we’re unprepared for, and then wonder how to get out of the mess we’ve created for ourselves, when really, prevention is the best cure. #fridayflow