This was a funny scene down at Foggy Bottom today.
The Nesquik rabbit was giving out chocolate milk bottle samples.
On a warm August day today, this was nice.
But also, it was refreshing to see a little light-heartedness downtown.
We all–adults and kids–need more of this–to enjoy life.
It was interesting how we are so going in the opposite direction these days.
Not only with all the bad news around the world…
But even with how hard we have to work just to keep up (24/7) and with a world where our kids are having to work and miss out on what is supposed to be some more or less carefree exploratory years to find themselves.
Now it’s SAT prep, AP classes, internships, volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities–all the time.
In this regard, in the Wall Street Journal today, there was a review of a book called Excellent Sheep.
The book’s author explains how “For many students, rising to the absolute top means being consumed by the system…[where they] sacrifice health, relationships, exploration, [and] activities…[those things] essential for developing souls and hearts.”
The kids are often working so hard that they are anxious, depressed, and often miserable.
When getting ahead and becoming wealthy (a priority for 80%!) becomes the prime reason for our young adults’ existence, maybe we have missed the boat in terms of finding true meaning and joy in life.
Hard work and striving for success is a good thing, but worshipping the proverbial “golden calf” is not productive.
Like the rabbit, I would give a thumbs up to those for whom a more well-balanced life rules the day–where success, meaning, and joy all play an important part, and we can drink some chocolate milk and not take everything so darn serious. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)