50 Childhood Memories That Take 2000s Kids BACK To Being Worried About Webkinz Instead Of The Future

50 Childhood Memories That Take 2000s Kids BACK To Being Worried About Webkinz Instead Of The Future

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As I age further into my final year as a teenager, I find myself often reminiscing on little memories I have from my childhood. I think that taking a stroll down memory lane is a rather healthy coping method when coming to terms with adulthood. So, with that being said, here are a plethora of random things that I have managed to pull out from my childhood.

1. Hanging up posters from my Tiger Beat and BOP magazine collection

Every morning I woke up to Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, and Ashley Tisdale staring at me.

2. Getting an iDog and neglecting my real dog

Oh, what a time it was to be alive.

3. Only being able to play “Slow Ride” on Guitar Hero

My tiny fingers couldn’t master any other songs.

4. Knowing I wasn’t old enough to wear Juicy Couture

All I wanted was to strut around like Paris Hilton in a Juicy tracksuit.

5. Crying when Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant

RIP to the most unrealistic boarding school of all time, Pacific Coast Academy.

6. Forcing my babysitters to watch the Amanda Show with me

I LIVED for those dancing lobsters.

7. Deciding which team to root for in the Disney Channel Games

How does one possibly choose between cheering for Vanessa Hudgens or Miley Cyrus?

8. Logging onto Disneychannel.com

Tipton Trouble. If you know, you know.

9. Being petrified of playing ghost in the graveyard

Why was this the go-to game whenever the sun went down?

10. Having exclusive-ass block parties

Oh, you don’t live on Indian road? Sorry, you can't sit with us.

11. Trying to play "Halo" and "Call of Duty" on my brother’s Xbox

And running around in circles each time someone tried to shoot me.

12. Choosing Wii Fit as my exercise of choice

“Yeah, I had a tough workout today on the Wii Balance Board.”

13. Taking pictures at the apple store

And then posting those pictures on the Facebook that lied about my age on.

14. Playing games like MASH and "Zap"

And praying for an outcome that includes my crush.

15. Pulling out Zoopals for a snack

25% of my childhood fights were over who got to eat on the cutest animal.

16. Slowly eating my desserts to make my brother jealous when his was gone

Oh, that was just me? Got it. #justfatkidthings

17. Staying home from school and watching these creeps on PBS Kids

Where nightmares were made.

18. One word: Yogos

I thought it was healthy because I was eating yogurt.

19. Messaging my friends on G-Mail

Me: What's up

Friend: Nmu?

Me: Just chilling

Friend: same.

Me: Cool

Friend: Yeah

Me: g2g dinner.

Friend: K bye

20. Sitting in the same room as my friends and chatting on our Nintendo DS's

The OG Groupchat was lit.

21. Playing with this toy every trip to the doctor's office

And afterward having my mom chase me down with hand sanitizer.

22. Secretly eating Playdough

Don't tell me you never tried it.

23. Getting pumped for Halloween Week on Disney Channel

You know, "Twitches," "Halloweentown," the whole ordeal.

24. Saying “Hi I’m Paul” after every Nickelodeon show

Why Paul got three eyes though?

25. Secretly watching "Degrassi" when my parents weren't home

**Hears front door beep** **Quickly switches the channel to "Drake and Josh"**

26. Getting a squad together to play hand games

"Close your eyes and count to ten, whoever messes up starts all over again!"

27. Choosing my friends over who had these things on their pencils

Finding the ~perfect~ desk partner was an elementary school student's Hunger Games.

28. Playing brick breaker on my dad’s blackberry

Before swipe brickbreaker completely took over my life.

29. Proudly wearing the other half of a BFF necklace from Claire's

Was she really your best friend if you didn't have a necklace to prove it?

30. Having my first boyfriend on Club Penguin

Breaking hearts since 2005.

31. Sleeping with all 25 of my Webkinz

Spent most of my days furnishing my house, playing Wheel of Wow, and paying visits to Dr. Quack.

32. Pretending to drown to see if lifeguards would save me

Yeah, I understand how messed up of a kid I was.

33. Hearing the Legend of Bloody Mary and having nightmares for years

I avoided dark bathrooms with mirrors at all costs.


34. Winning a fish at my school's fun fair

And then having a funeral for it a few days later.

35. Hiding the "American Girl Doll Care and Keeping of You" book

Gtfo mom, if I wanted to learn about puberty I would have asked.


36. Learning to spell "Bananas" from Gwen Stefani

To this day, I still have to sing the song to spell it.

37. Designing my own NIKE 6.0's

Tried to be a skater girl, failed miserably.

38. Being scared of appendicitis because Madeline got it

~the life of a hypochondriac~

39. Cutting off my circulation with Silly Bandz

Why though.

40. Getting my hair braided in Mexico and coming back to school fresh AF

And then crying when all my hair falls out.


41. When class was a little more bearable whenever Billy Nye or Brain Pop was on the agenda

High school teachers, take notes.

42. Forwarding every chain message so that the bloody girl with no eyes doesn't crawl under my bed at night

The modern version of these messages: "My friend's boyfriend's roomate's cousin got lung cancer from the JUUL."


43. Asking everyone to start my lanyard

"Can you start my box stitch?"

44. Falling victim to every childhood toy fad

I'm scared.

45. Wanting to look like my Bratz doll

Slayyy queen.

46. Keeping up with every generation of iPod

Long gone are the days when we had no clue what song was going to play next on our iPod Shuffle.

47. Watching every season of "The Brady Bunch" on road trips

The DVD player was KEY.

48. Going to Nickel City on a rainy day

Yussss another stuffed animal that I'll never play with and a slinky to add to my collection.

49. Having every color of the rainbow in Sugar Lips tank tops

No bra? No problem!

50. Wanting to be a teenager

It's weird how life works. I spent my entire childhood wanting to be a teenager. Now, here I am at 19, scrambling to find a summer job, staying up late to study for midterms, and trying not to gain the freshman 15 while trying maintaining a decent social life in college. Someone tell me again why the hell I wanted to grow up so bad?

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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