Growing up sucks I think. Do you miss your childhood?

by awledd
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I sometimes go back to my childhood and cherish those moments I spent with family and friends and I think I was happier back then than now. Anything similar?
  • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
    The only thing that's changed for me is I have bills and responsibilities. I never truly "grew up".

    Not sure if I ever will.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I can relate. I refuse to let go of some of that as it was an innocent time though I steer away from being stuck there.
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  • Profile picture of the author 100k
    Ohhh the good ol' days when you did not have a care in the world ... when you could get away with just taking a bath every few days ahaha

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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Some of us didn't have childhoods that we can look back upon fondly. I don't miss mine at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

        Some of us didn't have childhoods that we can look back upon fondly. I don't miss mine at all.
        I'm sorry to hear that Tina.

        But you know what? I would have never guessed that you didn't have a wonderful childhood at all. I think you are an amazing, intelligent and upstanding human being and for that, in having a less than desirable childhood, I give you kudos!

        I'm reminded of this song by your post.


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  • Profile picture of the author priyankeshu
    Life is such a strange game, when we are young we have some happiness when we grow up we have other problems.

    I think worse feeling in the world is being lonely or surrounded by devils. I feel so sometimes, more when i am growing up.

    Children are tonnes better than us adults in several ways...
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

      Life is such a strange game, when we are young we have some happiness when we grow up we have other problems.

      I think worse feeling in the world is being lonely or surrounded by devils. I feel so sometimes, more when i am growing up.
      I turned on the tap today and water didn't flow
      They were working on the pipes
      At first I moaned but then laughter came
      And realisation of the game
      A foolish thought of need and strain
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    when I was a kid I used to make go karts out of scrap wood and I got the wheels from and old baby buggy, my kids laugh at me every time I tell this story.
    I had so much fun making them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Can't help aging, but growing up is optional.



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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by Lou Diamond View Post

      Hello,
      when I was a kid I used to make go karts out of scrap wood and I got the wheels from and old baby buggy, my kids laugh at me every time I tell this story.
      I had so much fun making them.
      That's exactly how I want my son (2) to do things someday. Right now, it's Lego which he loves, but I want him to eventually graduate to making cool things with junk.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveWF
    It's been so long I can't remember my damn childhood!

    I seem to recall lots of frustration and confusion...oh yeah
    and acne...

    All in all I wouldn't say I miss my childhood or even my teenage
    years. That was then and this is now and, honestly, I think
    I'm happier now. More secure, comfortable and confident within
    myself than I ever was when I was a child.

    Steve
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  • But there probably isn't one of us who hasn't said to themselves, "if I only knew then, what I know now"...
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  • But we still get to watch Looney Toons - Right?
    How else would we be introduced to the classics?
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  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Boorer
    I love being 'grown up' - I don't have to eat my crusts any more
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by Beverley Boorer View Post

      I love being 'grown up' - I don't have to eat my crusts any more
      Yeah, but reach a certain age and you'll begin to get crusty yourself...
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  • I wonder why Popeye never went for Betty Boop...? (both Fleischer Studios.)
    (it seems like she'd be a lot more fun than Olive Oyl...:rolleyes
    I guess Popeye likes girls with less 'boop-boop-be-doop' in the 'badonkadonk' )

    (*Popeye's first appearance onscreen was in a cartoon with Betty Boop )

    Popeye the Sailor 001 (Betty Boop) - Popeye the Sailor
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    My childhood was divided into distinct eras, some very happy and good, some very unpleasant and painful. No matter which era I compare to now, I find life much more interesting now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Getting older certainly seems better than the alternative.

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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        I believe in choosing to be happy. Thinking about childhood being happier or hoping to be happy in the future just eliminates your ability to be happy in the RIGHT NOW.

        You can choose to dwell on the negative and use the past as a crutch or you can choose to focus on the positive and make the decision to be happy.

        I have bad days, just like everyone else, but I refuse to allow anyone else to control how I feel and how I think. Happiness depends on what's inside, not on what's outside.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I look back with nostalgic fondness on various periods of my life, from my childhood on through each of the many decades that followed. There were some tough times, yes, but there were many great times.

    I think what I miss the most is the innocence and freedom. It's like they say: we don't truly know what we've got until it's gone.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rick B
    I have a slight case of Asbergers so I wouldn't want to go back to childhood when I had no clue how to deal with the other kids. It took me till my early twenties to learn how to mostly function normally socially so I wouldn't mind going back to say 22 or 23. Those were great years! Old enough to make your own decisions. Old enough that adults start taking you seriously. Lots and lots of sex! Young enough to have nearly unlimited energy. I loved those years!
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    Ya some may hate their childhood for some reason but I believe many still love those "old good days". But it has always been like this that a baby is born, have his childhood funs, grows up and becomes adult and I guess he becomes less excited for things - loads of concerns. And he/she gets married and continue living in a new environment with lots of concerns for life. And having a baby and the cycle continues.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProServices
    Great post. I often think about childhood and all the joys that went with it.

    Growing up to me means more nagging from the better half, more responsibility, less time for fun and overall no time for the simple things in life like flying a kite, watching Fonzie on 'Happy Days' on TV, going on school trips or riding a skate board. God I miss those days!
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    My favorite TV cartoon series were Tom and Jerry, pop eye & You Just Wait (Russia >Nu.pogodi ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UungoeufT-k
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    • Profile picture of the author ozzie2012
      I miss some parts of my childhood. The young, carefree, fun part. But some parts I really don't miss Anyway, I've been there, done that, now it's time to move on.
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  • What if you could never grow up?

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  • Profile picture of the author marketingva
    I was ready to leave home by time I was eight. It took me almost eight more years to get out and I never looked back. My childhood sucked but I turned it around and gave my son the safest, kindest and most loving childhood possible.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Originally Posted by marketingva View Post

      My childhood sucked but I turned it around...
      Bonnie,

      Good for you.

      Of course I don't know your details but I've dated a girl or two who have had to preformed emotional surgeries on childhood wounds. I was, and remain in great admiration of the efforts they put in to rebuilding their lives.

      All the best,

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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        I don't miss my childhood, but I cherish it.

        During that time in my life I learned at a pace that hasn't been nor probably could be, matched by any other time in my life. I learned what to do as well as what not to do. I learned what I could do and what I couldn't, what I should do and what I shouldn't, and what happens if I did it anyway.

        Oh, the life lessons in simplicity I learned back then and built upon later. Which is my point exactly. Our childhoods are the building blocks of who we are today, the foundation our very lives are built upon.

        I don't think growing up sucks, but is a vital part of who we are, the good, the bad and the ugly. They all brought life lessons to learn.

        I know one thing for sure though...if given the chance, I would turn down a do over.

        Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    My childhood, for the most part was "Leave It To Beaver".
    With me being "The Beave", my brother was Wally, and his best friend was Eddie Haskle.
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  • Profile picture of the author loops55
    When I was young, I had so many friends, whom I called "brother" or "sister", now it is sad to see how selfish & mean those friend could be
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  • Profile picture of the author articlecouture
    I do miss my childhood. It was the time when my father was still alive, when I had 4 best friends, when money did not matter and the only thing I had to worry about was to not miss an episode of my favorite tv show.

    Even though I grew up, my father dies and lost my best friends, I am still thankful as they've created a memory that I will cherish for as long as I live. I am very lucky and happy to have the people around me right now.
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