I’m not going to lie. I’m excited to see the movie. I read all three book in the trilogy in a week. They were that good. And they got me thinking…really thinking.
Would I have survived The Hunger Games? Would I have made it past the first day?
It’s a semi-serious question as I started thinking about my survival skills. In this day and age, you just don’t need to know things like how to get water when there is none, how to make/find shelter, how to make a fire, and find food. Sure, I was in Girl Scouts for five years, but unfortunately, that was a long time ago. I couldn’t tie a fancy knot today if my life depended on it.
We take all of that for granted.
The children in the book range from 12-17. Today’s children wouldn’t last a minute…what with their video game playing, tv watching etc. (there’s a whole other post in that!) And with that, my thoughts since I finished the book have been all over the place.
Sure, here in the United States most of us are fortunate to have food and shelter every night. And I’m guessing while we are teaching our children about gratitude and understanding the plights of others, we aren’t teaching them how to handle themselves should they ever find themselves in a situation without the daily necessities of life. I know I haven’t given it a second thought.
You don’t want to overdo things and find yourself prepping for a disaster that may never happen, but I feel we may be doing our children a disservice to not teach them a few of these basic life lessons. Girl Scout, Boy Scouts and a few other groups definitely help with this, so perhaps we start there. I know I may not be the best teacher, considering I couldn’t navigate myself out of a paper bag.
I’m rambling. I know.
I have all these thoughts going through my head and I kept waiting for them to sort themselves so I could write a fairly coherent post, but it’s just not happening so here we are. A bunch of words on a page that I just had to get out.
Think about all the hardships we could potentially face in life. Are our children prepared to handle themselves?
Are we prepared?