Tuesday, 02 February 2010
When I was young, I loved dodgeball.
I didn't really care about getting hurt, as long as it didn't blind me in the face. As a kid, getting hit was as fun to dodge as ever. When we were kids, we loved the rush of having to kick a ball and run our butts off, or the rush of playing around. Getting hurt was small, just as long as we were able to get up and keep it going. If we broke something, then it was whatever. We would bandage it off and move forward.
I wish I was young, so I could boycott the idea of getting rid of dodgeball in schools.
I just realized that sometimes taking out the dangerous factor, although active in being cautious, takes away from the fun of it. The idea of dodgeball isn't to promote violence. Grand Theft Auto maybe promotes violence. But dodgeball was all about being active, fast and keeping alert, and it was all about competition. Jump out of the way, duck or bend down like the matrix, when the ball comes to you, or if you are trying to outsmart them, catch the ball. There is no daydreaming, and no complaints when you get hit, unless you were a hypochondriac. You just sit there, and wait for the next game.
Today, nothing thrills anyone. I have enough education to know nothing drives a person crazy than being too smart or too cautious to have a story to tell. When you grow up, the only thrill you can afford is sleeping with somebody and dodging a sex bullet. The more you try and guard your kid from danger, the more they will never learn about anything, once they do face danger.
So, being a kid of the 90's, who has been in fights, snowball and fistfights, been hit with a ball, and even faced a baseball straight to the stomach, I will be the first to tell anyone: trying to guard your kid from danger might seem like a responsible thing, but it is also pointless. Nobody ever feels, until they face some element of danger. Also, they'll never ever learn what pain is. Once you fave some sort of pain, you start learning, as well as feeling.
What are you thoughts on schools getting rid of activities like dodgeball?