No one really appreciates being a kid until they grow up. Childhood is taken for granted by the majority of kids out there and I was definitely not an exception. I hated being treated as a child and dreamed of finally becoming an adult, making my own decisions and choices. But, as my dreams become more grounded and my plans for the future come down to earth, I can’t help but think back to when I was little. Childhood is a magical time that I wish I could revisit, at least for these six reasons.
- Having my lunch packed
I think it’s been more than a decade since someone packed me a lunch. I have so much respect for my mom who had to wake up almost two hours before she had to leave for work in order to make breakfast and pack a lunch for my little sister. I don’t know how she did it! Now I regret taking her for granted, and I definitely owe her a big thank you for everything she has ever done for me.
- Getting up in the morning and not feeling tired
I don’t know how kids do it. My little sister is up at 7:30 in the morning and she looks like she had a great rest the night before. I consider it to be torture to wake up earlier than nine every single day. I miss the time when I was able to wake up and not need my daily fix of coffee in order to be a functioning human being.
- Thinking that all my dreams really will come true
It was great to daydream and wonder how life would turn out once I grow up. However, now that I’m older the question of what I am going to do with my life is still unanswered. This scares the crap out of me. I wish I could go back to a simpler time when I didn’t have to worry about how I will be paying the bills for next month.
- Making friends
It’s so much easier making friends when you are little. I used to literally go up to everyone on the playground It didn’t matter if they were older or younger, I was a social butterfly and I needed my daily dose of human interaction. Now people would probably think I was a weirdo if I randomly came up to them on the street and asked to be friends.
- Reading for pleasure
Once you start university there is no reading for pleasure because every course requires a gazillion pages of reading per week. Then after graduation, it is impossible to catch up on readings because work literally takes up one-third of the whole day. Twenty-four hours is definitely too little for me now. I miss being able to pick up a chapter book and read just to enjoy the story.
- Not worrying that I don’t have plans Friday night
I love the fact that as a child you don’t have to worry about making plans or organizing events. Everything was decided for me, I didn’t have to worry about what family gathering I would go to and what my weekend would look like. Now I have to reach out to my friends a couple of weeks before to have a simple cup of coffee because everyone is crazy busy.
I definitely miss being a kid. I think we all have a period when we long for that time when things were just simple. Adulting is hard work, and it would be nice to escape once in a while. I will make sure that when I have kids they will appreciate their childhood and get the most out of it.