Things You Never Get Too Old For

35 Things I'll Never Get Too Old For

There are some things in life that I'll never be able to part with, no matter how old I get.

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As I get older, I realize there are still traditions, memories, and items I loved as a child that I still do just as much. There are certain things little or big that I'll always try to hold on to. When I mentioned it to my friends they all agreed, somethings from our childhood are just too great to let go of.

1. Target trips with my mom.

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This tradition started when I was around 13, but now every time I come home from school the first thing I ask is, "Mom, can we go to Target?"

2. Movie nights with my parents.

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The last time I came home, my parents and I rented the movie, " A Star Is Born." It was a nostalgic moment for me as it was something my parents and I had done a hundred times before. But it was comforting to know some things will always stay the same.

3. Snuggling up with my dog.

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She's always there for me when I need comfort, and for that I will be forever grateful for her.

4. Watching a classic Disney movie, and probably singing along.

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The Lion King will always be my go to.

5. Going out for an ice cream cone.

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Sometimes getting a cone instead of a cup just makes it so much better.

6. Going to an amusement park.

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Loving rollercoasters is a part of who I am. Disney World and Universal Studios will always be places I look forward to going to.

7. Making sand castles at the beach.

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I love tanning as much as the next girl, but I also love making sand castles.

8. Taking a nice long nap.

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Sometimes after a long day of classes, it's just necessary.

9. Asking my parents for advice.

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College is hard and I'm sure after will be harder. But I know my parents have been there and will always have the best advice.

10. Going dancing with my friends.

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Dancing with my friends is one of the most fun, stress relieving, and freeing feelings.

11. Dressing up for Halloween.

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I'll be the first to admit I love when the stores start pulling out Halloween decorations and every year I always like to plan out my costume at least a month ahead.

12. Finding my Easter basket every year.

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My mom still surprises me most years with an Easter basket. I'm not sure if she knows, but It's a great feeling.

13. Having tons of pillows and blankets on the bed.

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I'm one of the only people that still do this, but no matter how hot it is, I'll always have my three favorite blankets (something my boyfriend doesn't agree with). And what could go wrong with too many pillows?

14. Snow Cones and Slushies in the summer.

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This is a summertime favorite that I'll never outgrow. Snow cones are the perfect sweet treat to help you cool down after a lake day.

15. Making silly videos with my friends.

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I blame snapchat filters for this one.

16. Having sleepovers with my best friends.

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At 19 years old, sleepovers are still just as fun as they were 10 years ago.

17. Eating spiral/character mac n' cheese.

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Although not very nutritious, it's still just as satisfying as it was as a child.

18. Taking a nice warm bubble bath.

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With all the products that Lush Cosmetics offers for the bath tub, who can blame me?

19. Taking a break to paint.

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Not only a creative outlet, but sometimes the best study break for me is painting.

20. Sneaking raw cookie dough.

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I try not to but sometimes I can't resist.

21. Having a tickle fight with someone.

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Getting tickled and tickling someone is pure fun. Although sometimes dangerous, most of the time it's a good laugh.

22. Wearing my warm fuzzy socks

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A must during the winter, even though most of my fuzzy socks have crazy patterns.

23. Sporting my boyfriends clothes.

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There's something about my boyfriend's clothing that is so much more comfortable and soft than my own.

24. Sporting my best friend's clothes.

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We both have hundreds of clothing articles in our closets, but wearing each other's when we go out is way more fun.

25. Swinging on the park's swing-sets.

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Swinging on a swing-set feels like I'm six years old again and freeing my soul.

26. Decorating the tree and jamming out to Christmas music.

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The classics not the new stuff, unless it's Justin Bieber.

27. Watching Christmas movies.

I've seen The Santa Clause trio and Elf 50 times, and I'm sure I'll watch them 50 more times before I get sick of them.

28. Laughing uncontrollably, sometimes forgetting what about.

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Those laugh fits when you can't finish the story because you can't stop laughing, those are my all time favorite.

29. Going to the movies.

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Every now and then it's a must to get overprices candy and popcorn to see a movie. No matter how bad the movie could be, it's always a good time.

30. Cuddling with my favorite stuffed animal.

When I was two my parents took me to the zoo and I picked out this stuffed tiger. He's a bit rough and warn out now, but still just as special.

31. Using glitter for EVERYTHING.

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In my make up, in my crafts, sometimes even on my clothes, I love it all.

32. Sleeping in on the weekends.

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Getting to sleep in on the weekends if I don't have anywhere to be is something I don't ever want to give up.

33. Playing with makeup.

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Getting a new makeup palette or bringing me into Sephora is just as exciting as a kid in the candy store.

34. Holding hands with someone close.

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Holding hands is such a sweet and simple gesture, but it's a comforting one and it always will be.

35. Writing in my journal.

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I try to write every day. When I was 8 years old I had a fuzzy purple diary with a lock on it that I would write in. Not much has changed, I've just upgraded to a leather one.

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One Moment Changed My Family's Life, And I Will Never Forgive Nicotine For The Years I Lost

I knew a storm was coming even before that dreaded phone call.

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At 12 years old, I got a phone call that honestly changed my life.

The phone rang. It was around 7 p.m. on a Wednesday night. My mom had a board meeting that night and Dad had been taking care of us. The home phone rang repeatedly. I checked the number, I didn't know it. Dad said, "Who is it"? "Not a number I know," I replied. We let it go to voicemail.

Only a few moments later, the ring came again. "The same number called again." "Let it go to voicemail. Probably telemarketers."

See, it made sense that my mom wasn't home because her board meetings were, frankly, unpredictable. Little did we know, this would be a very unexpected phone call.

It sounds implausible, but I could tell something was wrong. It wasn't much later than I usually expected her, but it was late enough that I had been concerned for at least half an hour. I have no idea how I knew, but I knew.

Finally, they called my Dad's cell phone. That moment changed all of our lives as quick as a pencil's led snaps.

Since then, I have had a hatred of cigarettes, smoke, and nicotine.

My mom has COPD and needs a lung transplant. It's seven years later and she's still making it through, but it's not easy. It's not easy for any of us.

After that day I had to grow up at 12 years old. Even today, everyone thinks I'm 2-4 years older than I am. I'm mature because I had to grow up fast.

Sometimes I think of that as a blessing. In some ways, many of the things that resulted from that moment were. My mom stopped smoking, I really learned how to support myself and be self-sufficient, and I've gotten to travel to raise awareness about the real-life consequences of smoking.

But in so many more it has been the worst thing to happen to me. Hopefully, the worst thing that will ever happen.

In that time, and in my high school years, I got to constantly be concerned about my mom. I spent my 13th birthday visiting my mom in the hospital. During those dark times, all I really wanted was to bring red velvet cupcakes to the hospital and go to Taco Bell. I felt lucky to even get that. Every time I got a call during school I knew what was on the other side of that phone.

At 14, I was asking my parents about our money concerns. They told me to not worry, but I knew better. I knew that it was desperately hard for them to afford me, my sister, and all the hospital bills.

At 15, I was cooking, cleaning, and beginning to look at colleges. I had no idea how I would pay, but I knew I needed to for my parents. (Also, I sucked at cleaning and I only knew how to microwave.

At 16 I actually learned how to cook, and I began applying for colleges. I did it all on my own. I found scholarships, I wrote all my essays, all without help. My mom didn't need to worry about that.

Now, I've made it to college and I'm two years in, but 3.5 hours away from home and 4 hours from the hospital that my mom will inevitably someday get her lung transplant at.

One day, I got a call right before class. My mom got 'the call', and she was going to get ready to go to the hospital for that transplant. I cried for 30 minutes and almost missed class. It was the middle of the week, I had work and an exam on Monday and she would be 4 hours away. How could I go? On the other hand, though, it's possible that the transplant wouldn't go well, and this would be my last chance ever to see her. How could I not go?

That lung turned out to be non-viable, so it was a fluke, but regardless, the situation was real in the moment.

I fear constantly at college that I will get that call again. A call that could mean my mother's life will be completely turned around for the better or it could mean her life ends.

I worry every day about my mom and I have for the past seven years. I will never forgive nicotine and tobacco for taking away my childhood and making me fear for my adulthood, a part of my life that might not include my mom.

Don't let nicotine ruin your life. Don't make your children grow up too soon.

See more about my Mom's story from The CDC, "The Doctors," or Columbus news.

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10 Jonas Brother Songs That Complete The Perfect 2008 Nostalgia Playlist

My prepubescent 12-year-old self is still fangirling.

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2019 is the year of the comebacks, with the most infamous one being the Jonas Brothers. My prepubescent 12-year-old self is still fangirling. I never thought the day would come where we would get another bop from the jo bros. In honor of this glorious event, I am counting down their best songs to date.

10. "When You Look Me In The Eyes"

This song is on this list only for my mother's sake. She almost fist fought someone during the burning up a tour and went on a rant because they were not going to play this. (They did for the encore)

9. "Year 3000"

This makes the list as number 9 because it was not only the first song that made me fall in love with them, but it also made me want to buy a Kelly Clarkson album.

8. "Play My Music"

Now granted, this was on the camp rock album it still is one of the best songs in their career. Every time they would play this on the Disney channel I would literally jump out of my seat to dance and pretend I was at their concert.

7. "Pom Poms"

The weak attempt at their first comeback due to creative differences gave us this gem. I will always play this at my cousin's soccer game due to the upbeat vibe and positivity it gives.

6. "Hold On"

This brought me to tears at the tender age of 9, with my imaginary boyfriend.

5. "We Got The Party" ft. Hannah Montana

Sweet Mama, this song is great for a summer day.

4. "Sucker"

This second attempt at a comeback was so much better than the first. This song is definitely the song of the summer.

3. "Lovebug"

This really put me in my bag and still does in 2019.

2. "S.O.S"

Kevin's dance to this made everything.

1. "Burning Up"

This was the first rap I memorized and is the most iconic song of 2008.

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