Growing up, what did we all think … how great it would be to be an adult and out on our own, right? For those of you that are now adults, is it all that you thought it would be or would you give anything to go back to the care-free days of being young again?
I have asked many people this question and I have gotten a variety of answers. I guess it kind of depends on your childhood. If your childhood wasn’t the greatest or maybe you hated high school, you probably wouldn’t go back. If you had a great childhood and enjoyed success in school or sports growing up, chances are, you’re looking for that Delorean or hot tub time machine.
Where Has the Time Gone?
I guess it could also depend on what you think about your adult life. Are you doing the work you dreamed about as a kid? Maybe you actually turned into that doctor, fireman, or police officer you hoped you would become. I am guessing those people are few and far between. I bet the majority of you, like me, aren’t working at the jobs we dreamt of growing up. No, instead we’re stuck in a cubicle, or in a coal mine, or some dangerous construction site wondering what the hell happened. What happened to those childhood dreams? What happened to our youth? I turned 48 this year. I could swear I was just 18. My daughter will be headed to college in the Fall. Seems like just yesterday that she was a little baby and then a toddler.
Working for the Weekend
My Dad always told me that I wished my life away. I guess he was right. Not hard to do on this hamster wheel we call life. When Monday rolls around, we already start wishing it was Friday. Friday rolls around and we enjoy a couple of days referred to as the weekend. Guess what? Monday will roll around again before we know it and then we are yearning for the next weekend. It’s easy to see how days turn into months and months into years.
I used to have a full head of dark brown hair, now I have a bald spot and more gray than brown in my once-flowing mane. My once athletic body has left me as well. What’s left behind is an embarrassment to me, which looks like the Keebler Elves paid me a visit and took up residence. I think it’s time for those little bastards to move on! I hope they don’t count on getting their security deposit back, they have left this place in a shambles.
We all remember when we were young how we could eat anything we wanted, basically, and not put on weight. Back then, we played outside, we didn’t sit on our ass all day texting or playing video games. We went outside with our friends and used our imagination and explored. For me, if I weren’t in school, I was at a friend’s house shooting baskets, or maybe on the weekend we would get a group of guys together to play baseball or football.
Reach Out and Touch Someone
Having gone to high school in the mid eighties, I’m not sure I could handle growing up in today’s society. It seems like kids these days lack the skills to personally interact with others. Unless they can text, Skype, or Snap Chat, it almost seems like
a bother for them. I guess, back in the day, it would have saved me from calling my potential prom date numerous times only to hang up when her parents answered the phone. Now, I could easily send her a text asking her to prom.
I guess kids have it easy nowadays with all their technology, etc., but I still long for the old days before computers and cell phones. Yeah, I know, I wouldn’t be writing this blog back then, but times seemed so much simpler without all this technology. For me, I think it was a blessing to be born when I was. I started learning computers late in high school, thus most of my education was done in the pre-electronic age. To contact my friends, I had to either pick up the phone (not cell phone) or jump on my bike to ride to their homes.
So, I guess that brings us back to the question. If you had a chance to go back and relive your youth, would you? Would you cherish a fresh start to see what kind of different path you might take, or are you happy where you are now and wouldn’t want to risk messing something up if you went back to the past? I think you all know my answer. If I see a hot tub time machine, I am doing a skinny-dipping cannonball right into that sucker!
What Would You Do?