There are no bills to pay and no family to support, which means there is no need for a job. Just all the time in the world to run wild in the streets, get into trouble, and explore strange new lands (aka the woods).
When you’re a child, you don’t have to pay for anything. Food, clothing, toys, toiletries, and basically anything you want or need just magically appears free of charge.
Why the hell were we in such a rush to grow up?
I think it had something to do with wanting to stay up later…
As a adult, virtually nothing is free. We have to work. All the time. We don’t want to stay up late because we’re too damn exhausted from working all day.
And the bills…the bills never stop coming. I’ve actually considered pulling my mailbox out of the ground and hiding it so the mailman can’t deliver any more bills.
Of course, he’d just dump them on the porch and I’d have this weird hole in the front lawn from where the mailbox used to be.
So what in the world was my point?
We got free ice cream at work today! Woo hoo!
Every year, the company that owns the building where I work throws an Ice Cream Social for all the tenants.
It was the perfect day for it, too. Almost 80 degrees. The sun was bright. Work was really challenging. We all needed a break.
Coldstone Creamery provided the goods.
I had peanut butter ice cream. Yum! Didn’t stop there, though. When it’s free, you pile on. Everyone, regardless of age, knows that important rule.
I added Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and hot fudge.
Yes, it was amazing.
Yes, I gobbled it down way too quickly.
No, I do not regret any of it.
You don’t get much for free as an adult, and you also don’t get much appreciation, so it was quite nice to feel appreciated while devouring my free ice cream.
I wish there were more free stuff and less of a need to work, but I guess adulthood is what you make of it, Modern Philosophers.
If you choose to be young at heart, then maybe being all grown up can have its advantages. I mean what kid can ever decide to have chocolate cake for dinner and stay up late to watch the NBA Finals on a school night?
One thing that is free is advice, so here’s some for you: Find some time every day to do something childish. No one’s going to ground you for it, and it very well might slow down the aging process.
If that doesn’t work, just eat a lot of ice cream. If you can get it for free, even better!
What do you miss most about being a kid? If you could hang out with childhood you for a few hours, what advice about growing up would you give yourself? If you were offered free ice cream, what flavor would you want?
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