Globally, there is a LOT of focus on sport. We have a large sports section in almost every newspaper, thousands of different national and international sports competitions going on each year like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or World Cup and each child grows up doing compulsory Physical Education lessons for many years at school.
This is all, especially the latter, very important – encouraging and advertising fitness is definitely a good thing, and for a younger generation that is becoming less physically fit and more technologically fit doing sport is absolutely necessary.
Although this is true, and is likely to have been the initial intention of the sporting industry, overtime things have changed. Take sports events like the Olympics for example – hugely advertised and broadcasted across the whole world, but what they are showing is not a group of people coming together to represent their country in a fun or enjoyable game of sport, it’s a group of people coming together to win a title or trophy. Having watched many of these events on the television, participants really do push their bodies right to the very limits – sometimes quite horrible injuring themselves – in order to win the gold. And with millions of people’s opinions of you hanging in the balance you really do want to go for it.
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.