Just Not Enough

Just Not Enough

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Each winter break, Princeton’s young adults come back home for festivities and fun with family and friends. They reminisce about their memories in Panera Bread and their walks around Palmer square. They try to relive their midnight trips to Hoagie Haven, but they can’t help but feel like it is forced. And the truth is that it is. The trips to town aren’t enough anymore. The trips to Thomas Sweet’s don't suffice. The walk to the Palmer Square Christmas tree isn’t as exciting. It is a whole new experience.

However, no one really talks about the root of the problem.

All of these people returning from college, boarding school, and study abroad programs come back as changed individuals. They have left the bubble of Princeton, New Jersey to experience the world for themselves. They’ve left their tiny hometown and have been exposed to a reality. They’ve popped their bubbles and broke their routine stops to get bubble tea and frozen yogurt to go out and experience something real that changes them. These experiences leave them wanting more. They crave to learn more, experience more, and give more. Princeton just is not enough for these individuals.

When they come back home it seems that home might not be Princeton anymore. It is a shock at first, but once the thought is digested that home is always changing these eternal members of the Princeton community realize they have the power to propel change within Princeton on their visits back. They have the power to encourage others to leave and experience something real for themselves.

But if everyone realizes that Princeton is much too small (literally and figuratively) and cannot meet the needs of its members to learn more and experience more from the world, what does this mean for Princeton as a town? Does it mean that Princeton is a bad town? Does this mean that Princeton is never going to be enough for each new generation of young adults that pass through the halls of Princeton’s high schools? No. And that is because Princeton is home for many who are content with the simplicity of their lives and the reliability of a routine. There are some members of Princeton who go on to study at Princeton University who believe that the university provides a unique experience.

It is important to note that this lifestyle is good for some, and for others…well, not so much. There are others who crave more that community of Princeton just cannot provide. But the point is, they’ll always come back. Although they’ll come back changed, they will provide a new perspective for the community and maybe even shake up that routine.

So think about your place in your community. Think about if you need to get out. If you do, you’ll find a way. But chances are, you’ll always circle back around.

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18 Things You Can Only Understand If You Are An Only Child

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Being an only child definitely has its pros and cons. If you are an only child, you know exactly what I mean. People are either always asking you questions, or just assume you are a specific way because you're an only child.

Here are some things associated with being an only child:

1. You are the oldest, middle, and youngest child of your immediate family



If you're an only child, you are basically every type of child all in one. You are not only considered the trial and error of the family, but your parents hold on to you so tight since you will always be the “baby”.

2. You are known to be spoiled

Spoiled

Yes, you probably get designer clothes or maybe get more money in your birthday envelope than everyone else. But, who else would your family spoil then?

3. People think you are selfish even if they don’t know you


The truth is, everyone has their own selfish tendencies. It really does not matter if you're an only child or not, it could just be the age of the person or the way the person was raised.

4. Everything is always your fault


If something goes wrong, you are immediate to blame. No more toilet paper in the bathroom? Your fault. The lamp is broken? Your fault. Too bad you can’t blame it on anyone else because there is no one else.

5. You have to do all the chores in the house


There are no siblings to share responsibilities with….including things like doing the laundry, setting the table, etc. You have to do each and every single thing by yourself, which can get very stressful at times when you have other things to do.

6. You always receive all the attention


As an only child, you are so used to all the attention being on you, that when it is not, you most likely get upset. Let's not forget, everyone in the family knows what you are doing at every moment because you are always in the spotlight.

7. You are always around adults, even from a very young age


It's hard not being around adults all the time when you are an only child. Especially since you can’t hang out with any of your siblings’ friends because you don’t any, so you are always around your parents’ friends.

8. You are close to your parents


Your parents are your life. You are always with them. It's just the way it is.

9. You are VERY family-oriented

Your cousins are basically your siblings. Without them, life would be boring. You most likely look forward to all family functions so you are around people your age.

10. If you have a pet, your pet is basically your sibling


You probably spend a lot of time with your pet(s) because they are always around when you are home like siblings would be. You talk to them like they are a sibling or a friend.

11. You always have to find a way to entertain yourself

Being an only child means always finding a way to always keep yourself occupied. Who else is going to occupy you when you are in a room with all adults?

12. Your parents are on top of your every move


Your parents know who you go out with, when, where, and why. Then, they need to know how you are getting there too. They know all your friends and your really close friends are basically part of the family.

13. You don’t have to share with anyone because everything is yours

No siblings? No problem. You are allowed to spend as much time as you want on the television or doing whatever (as long as it is ok with your parents).

14. Your pictures are all over your whole house


Who else would your family put all around? Your face is just everywhere!

15. You usually get what you want, when you want it



If you need a pair of shoes or some money for that school trip, the majority of the time you get it when you ask. There is really no need for your parents to buy anything for anyone else except you and themselves.

16. People are always telling you how lucky you are not to have any siblings


Like I said being an only child has its pros and cons.

17. Everyone always questions if you are lonely


Sometimes lonely, but always blessed. But in all seriousness, people don’t need to ask this. It's like asking if you're single and lonely.

18. When people ask in a room full of people who has siblings, you are the only one or one of few not to raise your hand


This is when you feel lonely, but being an only child is being different than the rest.

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