5 Things I Miss About Being A Kid

Back when life was a little more simple

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Surely we’ve all had the thought cross our minds of what it would be like if we could go back to being a kid again. Not necessarily to change anything, but to relive favorite memories and experiences one more time.

Remember how we all couldn’t wait to grow up?

Smash Mouth was right, the years start coming and they don't stop coming. Here are 5 things I miss about being a kid.

Not Paying Bills

This one is obvious, bills suck. The simplicity of not having to pay any bills is something I took for granted. No rent or mortgage to worry about, no car payment to keep up with. I’ve always loved money, but my parents never gave me an allowance when I was growing up.

My dad always said he allowed me to live there, and my allowance was food on the table and a roof over my head. My only means of income was when the “tooth-fairy” slipped a few dollars under my pillow after I lost a tooth. Or my grandma or an aunt slipping me some money to spoil me a little. I really thought I was living large when I’d get a $10 or $20 inside a birthday card.

$20 dollars was a lot of money back then.

Point being, I miss that point in life when bills were nonexistent. When I could spend what money I did have on Pokémon cards or CDs.

Watching Cartoons

I’ll admit, even at 28, I’ll still watch cartoons from time to time. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings and getting a big bowl of my favorite cereal, wrapping up in a blanket in front of the t.v. and watching Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry for hours.

Maybe I’m just biased but, growing up in the 90s, the cartoons were so much better.

From watching Arthur after school to watching Bill Nye the Science Guy in science class. Those were the days. The Disney Channel always had good shows too.

Did anybody else get scared watching Courage the Cowardly Dog?


When you’re a kid, you run on imagination and creativity. Your mind runs wild, creating scenarios and ideas of reality that you thought was always possible. Dreams of being an astronaut, a doctor, a baseball player, all never seemed to be out of reach.

Then as we grow up, some of those things become unattainable and those dreams don’t quite work out as we hope. Life filters us into a 9–5 or something that wasn’t exactly what those dreams consisted of when we were younger just to pay those darn bills.

Nothing seemed silly or impossible when you’re a kid, you just do and imagine and create.

Family Time

When you’re living at home, it’s easy to take spending time with your family for granted. You spend so much time together that you often get on each other's nerves. But as life goes on, we realize that no amount of time with them is ever enough.

We grow up and get jobs, get married, and have families of our own. We’re not always able to spend as much time with our parents and loved ones as we’d like.

When we do get together it brings back old memories of a simpler time. When my brother and sister and I would play hide and seek in the yard or when we’d stay up late playing video games and watch our favorite movies.

Remember when you’d fall asleep on the couch and wake up in bed?

I miss that.

Endless Energy

The older I get, the earlier it gets later. I could pull all-nighters just for the heck of it. Playing outside into the late night with the neighborhood kids. Now I can hardly stay up past 11:00 p.m. and when I do, at sunrise I need enough caffeine to kill a horse just to make it through the day.

I miss being able to get out of bed without groaning at the aches and pains.

Being a kid, one could run around playing all day and not get tired. It’d be the best night's sleep after playing with your friends all day. All that fresh air and sunshine tires you out and helps you sleep well.

Now, no matter how much sleep I get, I’m still tired.

I remember my parents telling me I was “full of piss and vinegar”. Not really sure what that meant at the time. But now I miss being full of piss and vinegar.

Adulthood has its perks. I can buy alcohol whenever I want, or eat cookies or ice cream for a meal without getting in trouble. I enjoy being an adult most days, but I’ll never forget how fun and easy being a kid was and all the great memories I had growing up.

Now, I can reminisce with family and the friends I’ve made along the way.



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Bryce Adams

Bryce Adams

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