My Childhood Was The Prime Time Of My Life

My Childhood Was The Prime Time Of My Life

Being a kid was filled with some of the best memories of my life.

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First and foremost...

I'm not sulking over the fact that teleportation doesn't exist yet or that I can't get over not being able to do "kid things" again. I'm simply just reminiscing the times in my childhood that were awesome, fun, and impactful moments in my life.

Being a young adult comes with its set of positives, don't get me wrong. But to me, there are some aspects of adulthood that tend to weigh me down a lot compared to when I was little.

That's not because I've made detrimental life decisions, or that I'm unhappy or depressed with the life I'm living right now. It's just because growing up is hard. It's a challenge that everyone has to face. Some do it earlier on and some do it later.

According to my stereotype as a 20-year-old college junior with a part-time job, I seem to be on the right track. Growing up is inevitable, as it should be. What's nagging at me is the fact that I'll never get to experience being a kid at heart again, and before you get all philosophical on me, I know: that is inevitable, too.

I miss being a kid with all of my heart.

The first thing I miss dearly about being a kid is my family. Since my parents split up when I was in fourth grade, there's a lot that I missed out on by not having both my dad and mom by my side. It was either one or none.

I miss family vacations to different places in Mexico every summer that would've continued on. I miss family dinners, late night ice creams runs, and our traditional devotions/bedtime stories before bed.

I miss my dad making me lunch and my mom picking me up from school. I miss everything we did collectively that I can never experience again. I didn't realize that as a kid, those would be my last times experiencing those activities and that one day, they'd be no more.

I miss how carefree I was about the things I wore.

Since I was a tomboy, I never dressed like a girl. My wardrobe probably wasn't ideal for other girls my age or what some parents would approve of, so huge shout-out to my mom for that! I was able to wear clothes I felt comfortable in, and as a kid, the last thing on my mind was what anyone else cared about it.

Since high school, I've been extremely self-conscious about the things I wear when I never was before. These invisible standards were set and I suddenly agreed to follow them. Sure, there were some unique parts I didn't give up, like my Adventure Time backpack and Marvel lanyard. But everything else did, because I was pressured to fit in and scared to stand out.

As a kid, my mismatched socks, shorts paired with boots, and crazy hair never flinched at the sight of other kids or people. I was never insecure about my face, nose, or anything on the outside.

I miss running around outside, doing nothing but just running. Doing random things like talking gibberish and making up jokes with no sense just because. Singing Disney princess songs in front of my parents and brother as if they were coming to my own concert. Literally playing in the dirt.

Why? Because it was FUN.

Going on adventures in the woods next to my old house and making up mystical stories with creatures and characters from my favorite TV shows and movies. Forming an animal adventure club with my neighborhood friends and stuffed animals.

Yes! I did all that and it was amazing! There were so many things I could do (and get away with) JUST because I was a kid. I miss that kind of freedom.

I had a great time growing up.

As I moved out of my childhood phase, more responsibilities got added to my plate and reality set in more than before. It was a lot to handle, but in a good way.

My middle school days allowed for freedom, but with a sharper sense of who I was becoming as a person. High school shaped me in other ways that I'm not going to get into, but I think everyone gets the hint.

Now, college is making me realize the effect I have on others and how I want to portray myself. I'm very self-aware about myself and how I come across. It's important for me to evaluate aspects of my life, my past, and my future - something I couldn't do as a kid. Not because I didn't want too, but because I didn't have the mental capacity.

I'm looking forward to the next chapters of my life. Growing up isn't bad, it's just very new and different. With my childhood, I can look back and reminisce on the great times I had and maybe criticize myself a little bit. But with the future, as inevitable as it is, I can only hope and wonder. And that's fine.

I'm content right now, and I cherish the memories from my childhood.

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Growing Up A Farmkid

If only the rest of the world could see life through our eyes.
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Growing up on a farm is one of the best ways a kid can be brought up. From learning a variety of valuable skills such as responsibility, kindness, determination, and hard work, to discovering new and more adventurous sources of entertainment with playing on hay bales, riding horses, and playing out with the calves. There are just some things that only a kid raised on a farm will ever understand and will live their lives wishing more people could experience life the way we see it. There are just some things you only comprehend if you grew up as a farm kid.

1. You ALWAYS have an exit strategy.

You never know when you have to jump over a panel or two in order to escape a mad mama cow or bull.

2. You are always hyperaware of the "hottest" spots.

Being shocked one too many times by hot wire will do that to you.

SEE ALSO: The Truth About 'Being Country'

3. Taking the "scenic" route home is just another way to say you are going to check fields.

We tend to learn that little trick early on.

4. Every tractor, combine, or other machinery has a special "trick" to it to get it to function.

Although... we are told its the insurance policy so nobody will steal it.

5. Everything can be fixed with a little duct tape and WD-40.

And I mean everything.

6. Don't take anything personally when sorting cattle.

I don't think I need to really explain this one... but if I do... let's just say it goes a little something like "$@#%^ *&$@$$ #@%$#@ you *#&%&@&% if you'd just %@#%#@ listen!!!"

7. There is no such thing as a day off.

Not even on the holidays.

8. It's not even remotely disgusting to have a calf suck your fingers.

In fact, it's pretty much the most adorable thing you've ever seen.

9. Table manners have never been a thing.

And let's be honest... this never works out well for any of us in the dating scene.

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10. Family meals out in the middle of a field is normal in the summer.

Even if it is rushed and your fork becomes a shovel because "you have to keep the combine running" during harvest.

11. You constantly wonder about child labor laws.

I mean really... there has got to be some kind of law against pulling rye and sweeping out grain bins in the triple digit heat.

12. Jumping on hay bales was the best form of exercise.

Especially when you get a group of friends to play tag.

13. The bond between a show steer and a farm kid is undeniable.

Even if they did drag you across the pasture one or two times.

14. And when they did drag you all you could hear was you dad's voice saying, "Do NOT let go!".

Because that, of course, was more terrifying than a few rope burns and grass stains.

15. You have an undeniable love and respect for all animals.

Most of your childhood even consisted of trying to sneak them into the house or nurturing the occasional orphan kitten (or a skunk you thought was a kitten).

16. You can't ever make plans.

You are constantly telling your friends, "I can't, I have to help my dad." And of course, they constantly think you're just being flaky.

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17. Unless it rains.

If it rains you suddenly get the day off and you call/text everyone in your friend group trying to desperately make last minute plans. Mudding anyone?

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Cover Image Credit: Turek Farms

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10 Things From The 2000s To Put You In Your Feels And Transport You Back To Your Middle School Days

Writing this article just took me back to 2007.

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Thinking about graduation these past few weeks has put me in a weird sentimental mood lately (I don't ever get emotional, #virgovibes) and I decided to just rub salt in the wound and really take it there. I went on a trip back to the mid-2000s and made a list of my obsessions from that era. Honestly, now all I want is to color a Lisa Frank coloring book and buy a pair of gauchos.

1. Tamagotchi

https://www.amazon.com/Tamagotchi-Electronic-Game-White-Pink/dp/B07DFBF82H

Anyone else obsessed with this weird egg thing? Not even sure what the point of this game was, but I distinctly remember always forgetting to feed the little creature thing inside. Apparently, you can buy one on Amazon for $38!!! Steep!

2. Nintendogs

https://nintendogspluscats.nintendo.com/about/

Oh my GOD. I was so obsessed with my little puppy on Nintendogs and I would spend all day petting it on my Nintendo DS. How did they manage to make them look so cute?

3. Video Now

https://forums.bannister.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=91924

My sister and I would legit never put our Video Nows down. We would watch different episodes of Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls 100 times each. I guess this was like the iPad before its time.

4. Lisa Frank

https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2016/02/13/these-12-lisa-frank-designs-are-about-to-give-you-serious-feels/

Who else stans Lisa Frank??? Where is she today? Is she still stuntin on everyone somewhere? I swear I got my fashion inspo today because of my childhood with Lisa.

5. Tankinis

Pretty sure I owned this exact suit.

http://lowestpricecomparisonforclothing1.blogspot.com/2012/02/limited-too-girls-circus-dot-tankini.html

Ok. Tankinis (specifically from Justice and Limited Too) were my absolute saving grace during my fat years from age 8-12. Like, one pieces hadn't had their comeback yet, so what was a chunky girl supposed to do?

6. Gauchos

Why does this girl have to stunt on everyone so hard?

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/5a/80/665a80bb11389ac7d19423ceba5e41a2.jpg

Another absolute fashion staple. Gauchos. Once again, from one of the two designer brands back in the day, Limited Too or Justice. I'm pretty sure I had about 3 pairs of these.

7. Bratz

https://www.amazon.com/Bratz-511762-Catz-Doll-Yasmin/dp/B006HFMB9A

If you weren't obsessed with Bratz, who were you? And now with the Bratz challenge sweeping Instagram and YouTube, I'm feeling super senti about my girl Yasmin. You can also buy her on Amazon and honestly, I would pay more than $40 to be reunited with her again.

8. Phitens

https://www.phitenusa.com/yamizora-titanium-necklace/

So this was all I remember about 8th grade. If a boy had one of these, he was an absolute stud. Like, this necklace could turn a 4 into a solid 7. Unsure why. I remember once this cute boy let me wear his for a day and I was automatically head over heels. Also, what do these even do? Make you balance better or something?

9. Curl Mousse

https://www.amazon.com/TIGI-Catwalk-Curls-Rock-Amplifier/dp/B0047DK2RW?th=1

DID ANYONE ELSE PUT ABOUT A POUND OF THIS IN THEIR HAIR DAILY??? I'm shook. I would legit put about 5 pumps in my hair straight out of the shower and then just scrunch the shit out of it until I was the most beautiful chola queen.

10. iPod Nano

https://www.ebay.com/i/264264894745?chn=ps

There was never a day where I did not have this in my hand. And I was not begging my dad to let me buy more songs on iTunes. 7th and 8th grade I just had to "Take You Down" by Chris Brown blasting on my iPod Nano constantly, which, now that I think about it, was pretty inappropriate. But I turned out pretty ok!

I had so much fun writing this article, thinking of all the things that stood out from my childhood and formed me into the person I am today. Who knows a fun tankini and a brown gaucho would create such a fashionista???

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