Ah, the good ol' days of no responsibilities. It sure was nice to be a kid. Now, as an adult, we miss the days where we got away with everything, everything could be fun, there were bigger people around that took care of all the hard stuff, and we could just 'show up' and life would work out swimmingly. As they say, youth is wasted on the young. But really, you are only as young as you feel. While these may be childhood memories, you still have an inner child, so go ahead, read about these 15 things we miss most about being kids and then go back to rotting your teeth with that candy and building that fort!
15 Getting away with absolutely everything
This is where being adorable works to your advantage. You could get away with almost anything because as a kid, you were always “learning." It was never a problem, because kids are just being kids! You could hit, scream, run, spill, rip, and even drive over someone and the most you got was a shaky finger pointed towards your room (which really was the most fun place to be stuck, anyway). There were few consequences and the world was your oyster, so you pushed the limits each and every day physically and you usually had a blast while doing it. Now that you're an adult, running over someone with a car results in huge fines and sometimes jail time, which is a place far less fun than your bedroom filled with toys.
14 You could be brazenly honest
Everyone knows how kids don’t have filters. Navigating the social spheres of adulthood is tiring. Don’t you just miss the days when you could say whatever came to your mind and everyone thought it was either insightful or hilarious? This is sort of the same thing as 'you can get away with everything,' except this time, it is a verbal pushing of the limits. If you swear, it was probably the fault of 'learning' from a parent, and then they were the ones that got in trouble. If you said something silly, everyone laughed. If you said something mean, it was the fault of the new friends you met. Nothing you said reflected poorly on you and only the true literary gems were praised and attributed to you.
13 You could eat absolutely anything
You could eat whatever tickled your fancy, and you were encouraged to! Childhood was just an endless buffet of meals and candy! You had a high metabolism with no evil adult hormones making you sensitive to dairy, and cellulite was not even a thing. If you were picky about food, your parents worked around it and gave you what you wanted because they really just needed you to eat something. Hot dogs dipped in chocolate milk? Double-fisting chicken legs, dipped in ranch dressing and ketchup? Nothing a soccer game and some time at the park couldn't fix. Childhood obesity is a serious thing, but at the time, you just wanted your skittles—weight management was your parent's issue. Looking back, you may have wanted to consider a better start, but you're glad you enjoyed the foodie freedom while you could.
12 These eyes actually worked
Ah yes, from getting out of trouble to wanting a toy you couldn’t have, these eyes were your currency. No matter how badly you had previously behaved, or how many times you had asked to stay out late before, pussy-cat eyes were like a whiteboard eraser for your parents memory, making you appear suddenly innocent again. How could they stay mad? You were not kicking or screaming or pulling on their leg. No, this form of 'begging' was far cuter and had much better results. As an adult, you now know you have to work to earn money, to get a spot on the team, and to deal with consequences you deserve, because no one gives you free stuff when you make those eyes. Instead, you get laughed out of the room or ignored for being a weirdo...
11 Not being great at everything was totally fine
You could get away with this because, as a child, you’re “still learning." Kids are clumsy, and no one ever expected you to be good at anything at this stage. Now, if you have no sense of coordination, people tend to worry about you. Not everyone is good at sports, but everyone is good at something and everyone eventually falls into their niche. When you're a kid, though, you and your parents were still trying to figure out where you would excel, which made for some pretty poor attempts at a lot of things. And everyone was understanding. If you liked to pick dandelions instead of stop the ball from going in the net, or sit in the corner instead of sing and dance, people were just happy that you were out. Now, you get kicked off teams, you are booed, and you are pitted for your lack of passion and effort in life.
Just being able to go outside and think of stuff to do was so much fun! As an adult, you have to organize an activity to have fun, but as a kid, all you needed was to go outside and somehow your imagination would keep you occupied for hours. Sticks turned into swords made out of diamonds, box's acted as mansion, the dog was a wild horse you needed to tame before dinner. The possibilities were as endless as your imagination, and the rules were made up as you went. Play alone, play with friends, there were no responsibilities. You could run around in the backyard for hours and the bills would still get paid, and people could come and join, and food would be on the table, and life was great and... now you're crying because that is all you want to do now but people would look at you funny...
9 THE ICE CREAM MAN!
That simple, magical, twinkling tune echoing through the neighbourhood would send all the kids into a frenzy! The ice cream man was the ultimate in unexpected treats. Your mom would keep $5 in a bowl by the front door in case she was busy when you heard that magical song playing down your street. You'd trip up the stairs and bulldoze through the door for a chance to be seen by the ice cream man so that he may illuminate his break lights like he illuminates the eyes and smiles of every kid on the street. You'd run to the window and be instantly in a lineup of 20 kids, each with their mom's $5 in hand and jumping on the spot as if this distraction kept them from a much-needed bathroom break. And all was right in the world again.
8 Having energy
Where did all your energy go? When you were a kid, you would run everywhere, yell, dance, jump, build, and laugh. Nothing could stop you—even if you were tired, you still had energy to play! You were on an endless loop that could only be shut down by bedtime, and even then, it was a struggle to close your eyes. Candy was a fuel that parents gave out wisely, and often only when one of you was on the way out the door. Now, as an adult, it is difficult to get out of bed, to get to the gym, to go pick up your own kids, to get off the couch. It seems like after a long day at work, your energy levels plummet where they used to skyrocket.
7 Two dollars was a LOT of money
Remember the days when you had a couple of real bills in your piggy bank and you thought you were rich? Oh, if only that that were the case as an adult. No such luck with bills, bills, bills. Two dollars was handed to you as if you were being given the winning lottery ticket to cash in immediately. It represented financial freedom, economic stability, but most of all, it represented the ability to get twenty ten cent candies that you got to choose all by yourself. You would skip down to the corner store, grab a bag, and spend a solid thirty minutes selecting the best combination of sugary treats you could before sitting on top of the slide at the nearby park, admiring your big score. Two dollars changed your life that day like $2000 would now.
6 Summer… as a kid.
Summer is still pretty awesome as an adult, but as a kid, it was this magical time of no school, and awesome summer camps, sports, and activities. It seemed like it would never end. The bell rang on the last day of school and an entire world opened up. You can officially stay out later, sleep in later, stay with friends longer, and even had more freedom when it came to where you were going to be that day. It was a time of zero responsibilities, not that you had many anyway, and complete and utter freedom. Even adults on vacation are tempted to check their emails and text messages because life doesn't stop when the sun comes out. But as a kid, it did.
5 You could wear whatever you wanted
You could wear pajamas, sandles, a denim vest, and a straw hat and no one would think you were weird. You were a kid, and as such, your fashion sense was somehow innately cool. It was the easiest way of expressing yourself. You could pick through your dresser like it was a candy story and pick whatever colour, pattern, or texture suited you that day and pair it with another colour, pattern, or texture that also suited you. Skirts or jeans, tutus and sweaters, knee high socks and moms heels, you could hit the fashion world by storm and probably pulled it off. As an adult, there is a very strict dress code rule for most people called 'business casual' that robs everyone of the ability to express themselves and have a little fun. Oh, how you miss your childhood and your favourite pink tutu.
4 The parties!
Parties were awesome with all of the ice cream cakes, the piñatas, magicians, games, candy, and lots of colourful decorations. While you’re not sure how, you remember having all of that fun without needing a glass of wine to help you along! The other amazing thing about birthday parties was the loot bag at the end. Somehow it became tradition that not only the birthday kid got gifts, but each and every party guest did, too. So you tried to be friends with everyone at school so that you could go to as many birthday parties as you could to get free cake and gifts. It's not like you had to buy the gift anyway, that's what moms were for. What you did get to do, however, was help pick it out and so your sneaky self always chose something that you could play with, too.
No matter how many times you were told to go to bed and didn’t, you still somehow magically woke up in your comfy bed. Magic! Sometimes, you didn't even have to fall asleep. You would close your eyes and when your parents would say bedtime, you would pretend they had already missed you. You'd pull out your very best acting skills stirring around, grunting, and snoring and eventually they would swoop you up and carry you to bed. You were pretty sure they knew you were faking, but the payoff was just too great. These days, if you fall asleep on the couch, you wake up at two a.m. with a stiff neck, regret, and a dreaded sense of impending middle age. The only time you 'teleport' as an adult is if you have really great friends that get you from the bar to your bed, but you usually wake up fully clothed, makeup all over the pillow, and one leg off the bed—not how mommy would have done it.
The sky was the limit! And there were also those little collectable scenes where you could build a tropical vacation, or a spaceship. You could also go freestyle and build your dream house with a huge backyard that was 100 stories tall and had a tree on the roof, or a robot. You'd have boxes and boxes of pieces and it became a scavenger hunt to find just the right one in the right colour, because God forbid your brick home had a green tile—that just would not do. You'd then leave your masterpiece out for all too see, along with the spare pieces left behind, which is how you remember it as an adult. For some reason as a child, the blocks were just there for visual appeal, but as an adult, they morphed into tiny land mines that send an explosion of pain into your body with one step...
1 Building forts
This had such a strong impact on your childhood that you still think about how awesome it would be to build a fort. Then, just like now, you could hide away in your own little world where you were the one making the rules. Furniture was only as valuable as its ability to hold blankets, and blankets always seemed to be lacking, but you did your best. For a short time, the floor of lava would settle down long enough for you to build a safe haven. You would pull all of your favourite toys in, a few lights, and bedding and settle in for the night with a good book. And once in a while, a magical fairy would bring in snacks and curl in beside you to revel in the glory of your fabric masterpiece. Those are the moments you'll cherish forever.