Time seemed to go so much slower when we were young, watching the clock in school, the minutes seemed to drag on, but now years go by in a blink. I remember always dreaming of the time when I would be free to go out into the big bad world and do whatever my heart desired. Lots of us couldn’t wait to be older and wiser, when no one would be able to tell us what to do or when to go to bed. It was of course a much simpler time with little worries and lots of things we took for granted. I look back now and think what I wouldn’t give to be that carefree again. If you didn’t have to worry about paying rent or bills, what would you be doing right now?
The things that seemed so unimportant to us then that now we would give anything to have, I have listed 10 just to make us wish we were young again.
1. Being able to eat whatever we wanted
When you were a kid you didn’t think about calories or sugar content or the fact that you are on a no bread, no pasta, just water diet. You would eat what you liked and your pocket money went solely on sweets.
Tell any young child that it’s nap time and you will usually get a very sulky face looking back at you. If you were to tell an adult at 2pm “go for a nap, you deserve it” they would probably hug you.
3. Free time
In the summer months we had more free time than we knew what to do with, now we would give anything to have that amount of time again. To travel, take up a new hobby, learn a language or a new skill – the possibilities would be endless.
4. No real responsibilities
Yes you had homework and maybe a fish to look after but nothing as serious as a mortgage or paying taxes.
5. No money worries
If you wanted money so that you could buy those amazing must-have butterfly clips or go out with your friends, you would just ask your parents or get a part time job. Your money was always disposable and you could spend it on whatever the latest craze was (anyone remember fluffy pens – thank you Clueless), now though it feels like there is always a new bill to pay.
6. Having everything done for you
Like laundry for instance, this task is the vain of my life. I can’t believe in the real world you don’t just put your dirty clothes in the wash basket and they magically reappear, washed, dried and ironed a few days later (thanks Mum). This was something I massively took for granted and I remember how much my mum hated doing laundry and that was when she had to do it for 7 people, I only have to do it for 2 and it drives me crazy.
7. Being Fearless
As kids we were much more fearless. We didn’t overthink every aspect of something until it completely lost all its appeal, we just jumped head first and thought about it later.
8. Living in the here and now
Ok so some weeks we would countdown the days until it was finally time for the Friday night teen disco but we didn’t think much further ahead than that. Now though we over think everything and wonder what impact will this have on my life 5 years from now? Something that nobody can predict. To get deep and quote the Dalai Lama “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
9. Believing anything was possible
As young dreamers we believed we could be anything we wanted to be and do anything we set our minds to. Then you grow up and self-doubt and worrying what everyone will think plays a huge part on your life, so you play down your dreams in fear of failure.
10. No stress
Ok so tests were stressful and drama with your friends was stressful but nothing like the stress we have to deal with today juggling jobs, a social life, responsibilities, friends, family, partners, pets… some days I would just love to go back to the time when you built forts in your living room and just stayed in there for the day.
What did you take for granted when you were young?