Childhood vs. Adulthood

When I was a kid I was always in a hurry to grow up and be an adult.  Now that I’m an adult, being a kid doesn’t seem so bad.

1.  When you’re a kid you don’t have to worry about anything.  You want food?  Voila!  There it is.  Cooked and ready for the taking.

2.  Who cares about money and paying for bills?   You have no financial responsibilities whatsoever, your biggest problem is trying to figure out how to stay up past your bed time.

3.  And while we’re on the subject of sleeping, as a kid you’re actually forced to take naps.  I wish there were mandatory nap times at work now.

4.  You have boundless energy!  There aren’t any sore or stiff muscles.  Kids don’t walk around the next day after a basketball game saying, “Oh my back!  My knees!”

5.  You want to dress up like a princess or a super hero go ahead.  You’re a kid, people think it’s cute and adorable not weird or creepy  like they will when you get older.

6.  Kids can say anything and no one gets offended.  It’s like they get an automatic free pass or something.  “Oh that’s just kids being kids.”  Well, I guess old people get this pass too so it goes to both sides.

7.  Kids aren’t inhibited by what people think.  They’re so trusting and let their imaginations take over.

Yes, being a kid definitely has its perks.  But then I got to thinking about the things I can enjoy now that I couldn’t as a kid.

1.  I can drive now.  So when I want to go somewhere, I do.

2.  Sure I may have to pay bills but I can also buy whatever I want when I want it.  No more begging and cyring in the aisle now I just swipe a little plastic card and walk away happy.

3.  So no one is fixing my food for me but I don’t have to eat things I don’t want to anymore.  I don’t like oatmeal and now I never have to eat it again.  If I want to eat brownie batter for breakfast I’m going to and no one is going to tell me that I can’t.

4.  There are no more bed times.  If I’m right in the middle of a show or doing something I can finish it that night rather than missing it or waiting until the next day.  Of course staying up late is when the mandatory naps at work would come in handy.

5.  No more bed times also means no more curfews.  When I’m with my friends I don’t have to keep looking at my watch to make sure I make it home on time.

6.  You have more life experiences and can see and understand the broader picture.

I don’t know.  Seems like there should be a happy medium between the two.