Your childness needs to be set free

Stop Holding Back And let your inner child be free

I always said "I wish I was older," now I wish I was a little kid again.

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Have you ever thought to yourself when you were little: "I wish I was older"? I know I said that. I wanted to be older so I could do things on my own like driving or going on the bigger rides at amusement parks and many other things. Now that I am going into my junior year of college I really wish I was a kid again. I am so not ready for becoming an adult and having a full-time job with no time to hang out with friends or doing all the fun things we were able to do while in college.

As a kid, I would look up to my parents and older siblings wishing I could be just like them. We got to go to amusement parks when I was little and I would never get to go on rides with my siblings because I wasn't tall enough. Nobody else in my family was able to go on the kid rides with me usually because they were too big for them. Ever since then I wished to be taller and older. Now I wish I never grew up, or at least didn't grow up too fast.

I'm not even out of college yet and in the real world yet I already do not like being an adult some days. Now I have to work all the time since my parents can't pay for everything for me anymore. I also live in an apartment at school so I need to have money to pay for food and other necessities. To be able to pay for that stuff means I have to work almost every single day of the summer and then work alongside going to classes during the school year. To get through these times, I try to have one day every now and then where I let my child come out and I try not to be too much of an adult.

I love to be able to do things on my own but we all need to let our childness come out so we do not hate our lives. When I want to relax one day, I will watch television shows from my childhood or play games that remind me of being a child. Those games may include card games, board games or even some video/computer games that we used to play and have become less popular nowadays.

You should also try to find a friend who either lets their child side out with you or doesn't mind you letting your child side be free and not ruining it for you. I have found some very close friends who are able to handle me when I need to let myself be a kid some days. I want to keep letting my child side occasionally come out as much as possible before I have a full-time job and a family to look after. Once that happens, then I will hope to be able to have some days of not having too many responsibilities, even if it is only a couple days a year.

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9 Things We All Did In Middle School During The 2000s

We're all guilty of it.
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Middle school. The most embarrassing years of my life. I look back at my pictures and just wonder why in the world would I do that? Why did I look like that? How did someone let me do that? But to be honest, I wouldn't want it any other way because I wouldn't have something to look back on today. Just about every middle school girl can relate to this:

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1. Getting "married"

I don't know about you but I took my "marriage" very seriously. We had a 25 cent ring and everything. We called each other "wifey's" to top it all off. Believe it or not, we even had a wedding video. It was pretty legit. Then I found out she was also married to another friend in our friend group. It was a sad breakup but we worked through it and she's my best friend to this day.


2. Duck lips

The legendary duck lips. The bigger the lips the better. I went through a phase where I don't think I ever took a picture with my teeth showing. Why did we think this was cool? I wish I knew.

3. Atrocious wardrobe

Sophie shorts ring a bell? I think I had one in at least every color. Oh and don't forget about my soccer ball ones that I just HAD to wear to soccer practice. What about tying your shirt to the side or tucking in the front of your t-shirt to your shorts? For some reason, this was a long-running style. I am not sure how.

4. Forward messages

Those messages were so annoying yet fun. If I didn't forward those I swear I thought something was actually going to happen to me.

5. Learning everything on the bus

From bad words to inappropriate anything. You learned what things were and where things came from. I learned more things on the bus than I ever did in school.

6. Festivals

They were the best thing to do on a summer weekend. You couldn't miss it. Although no on really rode the rides or played games. It was basically a giant get together for your side of town with a bunch of middle school drama.

7. Awkward mirror selfies

Don't lie, we've all taken them at some point.

8. Edited pictures

There were edited pictures with irrelevant words surrounding our faces. Or writing the words "BFF's" around it to make sure everyone knew that you guys were best friends. At some points, I would actually have people like my status for me to make them an edited picture. Consider yourself lucky if you didn't. Pic Monkey was my life.

9. Webcam pictures

What're you doing tonight? Oh, just taking pics on my webcam.

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Nostalgia Is Such A Powerful Feeling

It's amazing how such a simple feeling can make you feel so many different emotions.

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As I get older, I can't help but think about my childhood. When I do, I think about things like Fruitopia, Kids WB, and Disney Adventure magazines.

I'm a 90s baby, and these are some of the things I was exposed to growing up in the 2000s. Thinking about these things, along with other parts of my childhood, makes me tear up sometimes.

These moments make me realize how powerful the feeling of nostalgia truly is.

If you've ever thought back to something in your past that you enjoyed, you'll most likely experience a bit of nostalgia. These days, it seems everyone is willing to let it be known that they've got nostalgia for their childhood.

For instance, I've been out in public and seen people my age with the iconic "Kim Possible" beeper sound as their ringtone. This sounds cliche, but hearing that sound takes me back to a simpler time. I just can't help but smile when I hear it. I also can't help but tear up a little, because I know I'll never be able to go back to that time period.

When we're kids, sometimes we don't take the time to appreciate the things we have while we have them.

I think that's what helps nostalgia be such a powerful feeling. As a kid, I hated commercials and just wanted to watch my favorite shows. Now I find myself going to YouTube and watching commercial breaks from the 2000s just to remember what it was like to watch TV back then.

Nostalgia is also pretty powerful because it can affect your judgment.

I'm sure we all have our favorite movies and shows from our childhood that we loved when we were younger. Truth is, you probably haven't watched a lot of those shows since your childhood and only remember them as these amazing and hilarious things. In reality, that show you liked when you were in third grade is probably terrible.

I had one of those "what on earth" moments when I rewatched "Rocket Power." I know a lot of people grew up with it and loved it, but watching it now, I realized it's not a very good show. It panders way too much to kids that like extreme sports, and it feels like it was written by adults pretending to know what kids that skateboard talk like. It's not really funny either, and you know what? That's perfectly fine.

A show like this is was obviously made for 7-year-old me so I would go out and buy all the radical merchandise. It wasn't made for the cynical, sarcastic 21-year-old me. Any time I get reminded of "Rocket Power," I want to go back to when I first watched it because I'd love to experience it again for the first time.

That's the power of nostalgia.

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