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An Apolitical Way to Fight For America in 2017? Get Out And Play!

A free, easy way to be a better American

When pencils and materials inevitably fall to the floor, my non-tech savvy students help clean up. My other students don’t even notice, or worse; they refuse to tidy up a common space.

Unlike the artificial appeal of the internet, actually going outside truly exposes you to the world. Even if you have little time in a busy workday, take walks. Meet your friends in the park instead of a bar or home. Join pick-up games or club teams. Ride public transportation and relax in public space. These activities are mostly all free, social, and a great way to gain a sense of the world around you.

In the outdoors there are no mirrors to keep you fixated on yourself. There are only destinations.

When you truly play, not just run or do yoga, you interact with the world beyond your perspective and you grow. Team sports exercise mental and emotional skills that fall out of use when video games, group chats, and conference calls become one’s only cooperative activity. Even if negative, interacting with strangers (in a safe way of course) in the physical, tangible, and stimulating real world trains and improves your social habits and emotional know-how way more than Twitter and Facebook. Social media gives a false illusion of friendship and cohabitation, but the truth is only a power button away. Push it!

Writer & artist. New York-raised, Diaspora style.

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