15 Reasons Why I Miss Being a Kid

15 Reasons Why I Miss Being a Kid

Life was so easy and care-free.

When I was little, I was so carefree. I had no worries in the world. I spent most of my time with my friends and neighbors. I didn't have papers to write or exams to study for. I played with my Barbies and played on my swing set in the backyard. I could walk down the street in my neighborhood and be at my best friend's house.

1. I never had to worry about time or deadlines.

2. My homework would maybe take thirty minutes a day.

3. My "playdates" consisted of playing with Barbies, Polly Pockets, or Groovy Girls.

4. I always had plenty of time for sleeping and relaxing.

5. My family was always in town. My grandparents would come into town almost every weekend, and if they didn't come see us, we went to them.

6. Money was not something I even thought of. I didn't have a debit card or allowance.

7. I miss elementary school! When I look back, I miss it! I miss the friends I made and the activities we got to do. We got recess twice a day and weren't allowed to have homework over the weekend as a school policy.

8. Birthday parties were almost every weekend! We went rollerskating, iceskating, bowling, and got to play laser tag. You could fill up on all the sugar on the table. There was cake, candy, and pizza! You couldn't have a birthday party without pizza!

9. I miss the recess games like four-square or hopscotch. I could spend hours playing four-square.

10. As a family, we would take bike rides around the neighborhood. I had training wheels for a long time, and once they came off, I had so much more freedom!

11. I think I can say this for all the other millennials when I say that I miss the old Disney Channel that included Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, That's So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, and many other shows. I spent many Saturday mornings also watching Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Clifford, Blues Clues, and all the other PBS shows.

12. My next-door neighbor growing up and I would sit at the end of each other's driveways in the summers waiting for the ice cream man. If we weren't outside, I would listen very carefully, and as soon as I heard the song, I would tell my mom and run outside.

13. Christmas as a kid was so much fun! It still is, but as a kid, I wanted a million toys or new games. My belief in Santa Claus was so strong, and I wrote him a letter every year. When I was about ten-years-old, I still believed in Santa, but it was soon ruined when I saw my grandmother placing presents under the tree. Definitely the worst Christmas ever.

14. Trips to Blockbuster were so much fun! My mom and dad would take me to Blockbuster on the weekends so I could pick out a movie for a "family movie night." For a long time, I usually chose Scooby-Doo.

15. I miss long road trips. My mom drove a big, green suburban which we took everywhere. It was the carpool car for my neighbors and me to get to school. We put at least 100,000 miles on that car. We would go down to Kiawah Island, SC during Easter and Thanksgiving where we would rent a house with family. The drive was about eight hours, and I would sit in the backseat with a white box TV where I would watch almost all of the Scooby-Doo VHS's. When my mom and dad would put those movies on me, I would be very content for hours. Especially when they stopped at McDonald's.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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