Not sure if it’s old age, being stuck at a desk for 9 hours a day, or just having to keep an eye on the balance of my bank account, but there are times when I wish I could just chuck aside all of my responsibilities just for a little bit and just be a kid again. Taking a few days of vacation doesn’t always do the trick either. If I ever do decide to go travel anywhere, I feel like I’ll need a few days off after I get back just to recoup. It’s not like it was back then, right? When we were kids? Less responsibility, more fun and shenanigans? The following is a list of stuff I wish I could still do, but can’t anymore due to a number of reasons, the main one being that I’m not a kid anymore.
Saturday Morning Cartoons
One of the pure joys of my childhood involved waking up early on Saturdays and turning to Fox or the WB to watch cartoons while eating a bowl of cereal, freshly toasted pop tarts, and anything else I could scrounge up. What would follow would be 4-5 hours of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Saved by the Bell, X-men, Looney Toons, Animaniacs, and more. Can’t say for certain now, mostly since I haven’t gotten up at 8 in the morning on a Saturday in a long while, but I get the feeling that cartoons just aren’t what they used to be. The last cartoon recommended to me by a friend of mine was the new My Little Pony, which, to be honest, I thought was a joke, but it turns out a majority of My Little Pony’s audience are adult males. Times have changed, and I’m not sure if I like it.
This is definitely an age issue. Up until I graduated from college, and even a bit after that, I never had an issue with going out for Mexican food at 3 in the morning and ordering an extra tub of the red sauce, and finishing all of it. Even eating a ton of candy wasn’t all that big of an issue. Remember those jumbo pixie sticks that could probably feed a family of 5? Finished it all by myself. 7 by 7 at In and Out? No problem. The food was delicious and the food coma that followed was always satisfying.
Whether it was playing video games or watching movies, no task was too great of a challenge as long as I had some red bull and snacks. Once I got into college, beer was also involved which made the nights more fun, although somewhat shorter. What was great was that I could sleep it off and feel fine a few hours later.
Watch out kids. Once you hit your late 20s, you’re going to feel it the next day. I have a buddy who after a night of partying, sleeps it off for roughly 12+ hours. Seriously, he’s like a zombie. Any attempt to try and wake him up fails since he just falls right back to sleep. It’s a bit more finicky for me. I either sleep like a log, or something wakes me up, and I have something akin to insomnia at noon.
Fake Martial Arts Fightning
For those of you who don’t know, it’s like shadow boxing, but with an actual person. Strange, I know. My friends and I used to watch Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies and try to emulate some of the moves on each other while never landing an actual hit. Of course, we’d get into arguments over who actually won which would result in actual fighting. I don’t miss that.
Recently, I saw this video and wondered if I was anything like those kids. I mean, if my memory serves me right, I was able to pull off a sweet mid-air spinning round house kick like a boss. Or was I?
Winter and Summer Breaks
Why can’t real life be at least a little bit like being in school. Three months of summer vacation and 3 weeks in the winter. It was just one of those things everyone looked forward to, from elementary all the way through college. I didn’t always know what I was going to do with all that free time. I probably would’ve done something from the above mentioned activities. The thing is, many of us wish we had more time in our work lives to take a vacation, and then have a few days left over to recover from that vacation. Work sucks like that. But hey, at least it pays better than being a kid.