I thought it would be fun to build a little blog time capsule with our predictions about what they will criticize from a wellness perspective in 2028 or so. I’ll start with mine, and I want you to add yours in the comments section.
Yesterday, my son, W, was looking at a picture of my grandfather taken in the early forties. “Who is that and what’s he blowing?” he asked. (For some reason, the kids refer to smoking as “blowing a cigarette.”) I told him that was his Paw-Paw, and that he was blowing a cigarette.
Now, my grandfather was the kind of man who made us turn off Disney movies because of what he called “foul language.” He lived to the age of 95 and at the time of his death was still living independently, largely as a result of a lifetime of self-care and clean, active living.
“That picture was taken at a time when people really didn’t know that smoking cigarettes was bad for you,” I told my little guy, knowing that the whole smoking thing didn’t comport with the recollections he had of his great-grandfather.
I hope that one day, when my grandkids and great-grandkids look at pictures of me in my twenties, they will express dismay at my super high-heeled shoes. I hope that by that point in time, we will have rejected the idea that heels are “beautiful,” “powerful” and necessary because we have at last decided to value women’s structural health.
Chemicals in our Food and the Environment
When my mom was a little girl, her summer camp counselors sprayed her every night with a hefty dose of DDT. (Makes you gasp, doesn’t it?)
I predict that in twenty-five years we will know that some chemicals that were commonplace in 2013, are in fact wildly harmful. Some specifics I will throw out there: BPA, phthalates, MSG, and food dyes.
Insecticide, built into the genetic makeup of a plant.
I don’t feel like I’m going too far out on a limb when I say that surely in a few decades we will know conclusively just what is wrong with that scenario.
What practices or items do we use today that will one day appall our kids and grandkids? Be as general or specific as you wish.