Let’s face it: growing up sucks balls. There’s nothing crappier than growing up. You know, it’s like discovering Santa isn’t really and then it’s all downhill from there. Santa isn’t real, money doesn’t grow on trees, and being an adult isn’t nearly as cool as they made it look on TV. Whyy?! When I was a kid, my friends and I swore up and down that it was going to be the COOLEST when we were old enough to drive, old enough to go to college, or old enough to live in our own apartment. And sure, there are some perks to not living with your parents anymore, but the rest of it is a total trap so if you’re reading this and in your teens, laughing away, enjoy it while you can because newsflash: YOU’RE NEXT.
For the rest of us sorry saps, let’s try and pretend we’re not adults for a few days here and there with some of our favorite childhood pastimes. I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you get back to the days of sleeping in til 2, eating and watching re-runs of Rocko’s Modern Life and Spongebob all. day. long. At least, for the weekend!
You’re welcome 😉
10 Things to Do Instead of Being An Adult
- Buy A Coloring Book. Coloring battles stress; science says so! Plus, it’s fun so instead of watching TV or browsing the web, put your phone away and indulge in some simple childhood bliss with Crayola.
- Watch A Disney Film. Disney films are the BEST. The first time I watched The Lion King, I bawled my eyes out. Disney films are great because they remind you to feel things, have a little fun, never give up on your dreams, and remind you to believe in magic. Obviously, if you have some other childhood film favorite, definitely watch that too!
- Make Hot Chocolate. If you don’t like hot chocolate, you suck! Just kidding, if you don’t like it, drink something else. Whether it’s Nesquick, your favorite juice, or something else, enjoy it today; you deserve it!
- Eat Some J-E-LL-O. Why? Because Jello was good once, you know, before you knew what it was. We can go back to those days! If Jello isn’t your thing, try a chocolate pudding snack pack or your favorite popsicle.
- Take A Nap. Remember when nap time was mandatory? I was one of those bizarre kids who never slept during nap time, but now that it’s all gone, I have major regrets! Don’t neglect your nap time, people! Even if you can only swing a 15 minute nap, that’s enough to help amp up your energy for hours!
- Visit A Trampoline Park. I just discovered there is a trampoline park about 30 minutes from my apartment and #NoShame – I’m SO going.
- Chase After the Ice Cream Truck. Seriously. It’s exercise! AND they’re the only people who still carry those weird wannabe fake cigarette candies, strawberry crayon, and Lucas! Not that I’m encouraging smoking because gross, BUT fake candy smoking, I totally endorse. Why? Because fake powder smoke is COOL and no cancer, that’s why.
- Play Video or Board Games.Whether it’s an adult video game or a childhood favorite, video games can be a total blast, especially when you play with friends. If video games are not your thing, there’s always friendship-ruining Monopoly. You know you want to!
- Go for a Bike Ride. When I was 8, I broke my arm riding my bike. What can I say? I thought I was Evil Knievel going off those curbs. I used to really love bike riding during the summers, even after that little incident. It’s a lovely feeling with the wind in your hair, cool breeze, and enjoying the outdoors. Plus, a much-needed break from technology in the form of fun exercise is probably just what you need!
- Get Creative with Sidewalk Chalk! Sidealk chalk is so fun. I remember making weird shapes, drawing my friends, tracing bodies, and playing hopscotch! Who cares if you look like a total kook playing with chalk in your driveway? Just be like #DontJudgeMe and go back to your sunset masterpiece.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty terrible adult. At 26, you’d think I’d have my life more together, but I really don’t. I still sleep in on the weekends, eat too many popsicles, and binge watch too much TV. I guess that’s the beauty of life as a learning process?
However old you are, try and remember to have a little fun once and awhile; life flies by before you know it and we all deserve days where we can indulge in our inner child even if we have work the next day.
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