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Teenagers searching for life steadiness within the Santa Ynez Valley | Elle Arvesen | Columnist

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A balanced life is the important thing to a superb life. For youngsters, this steadiness is essential. I do know from expertise that if life is all work and no play, psychological, bodily and emotional well being could also be sacrificed.

Throughout months of pandemic lockdown, life was boring as a result of faculty was just about my solely precedence and I couldn’t hang around with pals or journey wherever. As I’ve talked about in my previous articles, on daily basis felt like Groundhog Day. This monotony contributed to the breakdown of my psychological well being, particularly once I had nothing to stay up for (hanging out with pals, outings, and many others.) to maintain me going.

Now that life is getting again to regular, what’s there to do for youngsters within the Santa Ynez Valley? Sadly, not a lot.

Earlier than the pandemic, the one factor for youngsters to do across the Valley — in the event that they wished to do one thing apart from stroll round Solvang or go on drives — was to go to the flicks. I’ve so many fond recollections of going to the Buellton movie show, from the time I used to be in first grade till my freshman yr in highschool. Now, it’s being was an In-N-Out Burger. Regardless of that there’s already a McDonald’s instantly subsequent to the place the place the In-N-Out goes to be constructed — it’s nonetheless going to be constructed. I bear in mind discuss of a possible bowling alley and a zipline park being created within the Valley, however these concepts fizzled out way back.


Certain, Santa Ynez boasts quite a few actions for adults, primarily wine tasting, however that’s for adults, not teenagers.

Though there aren’t many issues to do for us, we nonetheless discover issues to do: We go on drives, we stroll round Solvang, and … nicely, that’s just about it.

It’s unlawful for licensed teenagers beneath the age of 18 to drive with different minors within the automotive, so what does that go away for us to do? Hang around at one another’s homes? Effectively, there’s nonetheless a pandemic occurring.

After all, there’s at all times faculty, sports activities and golf equipment, however in the summertime, the monotony creeps again in and strikes. Except you are lucky sufficient to go on trip all summer time lengthy, you keep residence and perhaps often go to the seaside. I attempted strolling round Solvang this previous summer time on the Fourth of July, and nicely, let’s simply say I received’t be doing that once more anytime quickly.



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As I mentioned, it’s essential to have steadiness in a single’s life. With out pleasurable issues to do across the Valley, what are youngsters presupposed to do to acquire that steadiness?

Many older generations complain that members of Era Z spend an excessive amount of time on their telephones. On our screens, we’re linked with the remainder of the world. We are able to play video games, discuss to pals, watch motion pictures, learn books, hearken to music, and many others. How are we presupposed to go outdoors and revel in the place we dwell if there’s nothing to do the place we dwell?

Undoubtedly, the Santa Ynez Valley is likely one of the most lovely locations in California. It’s nice if a youngster enjoys mountain climbing, biking or browsing, however the place are the issues to do once we wish to unwind? The place are the bowling alleys or the film theaters? All I’m saying is that the Santa Ynez Valley has the potential to not solely enchantment to the older generations however the youthful ones as nicely.

Hopefully, the leaders of our group will acknowledge the significance of leisure actions for teenagers, and it is going to be one thing we are able to stay up for sooner or later.



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Elle Arvesen is a neighborhood excessive schooler, and SYV Information Teen Life columnist.

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