Over the weekend, I got to pig out on sushi with my best friend of 8 years, which is never short of entertaining. It was a typical outing – I yelled at her for random things, she made fun of me for holding the chopsticks wrong and driving like Dale Jr.
We always joke about how life was so much easier when we were 18 and spent our days watching Lifetime on my couch and eating whatever we could find in my pantry. Looking back on those days makes me wish I would have made a few smarter choices, but there are some things I wish I could have back. In my brief sentimental moment I started thinking about all of the things from high school I took for granted that I would bring back to my life today:
1. Gas Prices. Let’s go ahead and state the obvious, pretty sure it was way cheaper, and now that I actually have to buy my own gas and not bum money from my parents, it’s a harsh reality. Can I have the days back when $10 would get me through an entire week? Where is the justice in this madness?!
2. Free Music Downloads. Not that I downloaded music or anything, just saying I had friends.. and they loved it. I’m pretty sure my iPod collection has cost me a small fortune that could have been spent on a boat or something useful, but my ears are thankful.
3. High School Football Games. I always had something to do on Friday’s, and when you try going to one after you graduate it’s just really awkward. You either sit with your parents or with the other kids your age that didn’t go off to college either, and that’s slim pickings.
4. Bad Hair Days. If you woke up and looked like death, no one really cared. Most days I threw on a hoodie and rolled out 10 minutes before class started, but try doing that in the real world and you will get treated like you have the plague. It was so much easier in the days of pony tails, flip flops, and sweatshirts.
5. Minimal Responsibility. My only job in my teen years was to wake up for school on time and graduate. Every now and then I wish for the days of homeroom class and my day ending at 3 PM. Adulthood will sneak up on you and hit you in the face like a ton of bricks. Enjoy the freedom while it lasts because before you know it you’ll be paying your own bills.
6. The Daily Routine. The best part of being in school was getting to see your friends every day. I’m lucky now If I get to see mine once a week over dinner and drinks. You don’t realize what you take for granted until you no longer have the luxury.
7. Prom. Seriously who doesn’t miss prom? It’s like the best party ever! At school dances all you had to worry about was someone stepping on your dress, now if you go to a club you have to worry about some weirdo pouring his mixed drink all down you. Who wants to walk around smelling like a vodka and cranberry? Yeah, me neither.
8. How I Treated Others. This is probably one of the only things I would go back and change. I wish I would have treated people better and not followed the crowd. I wish I would have been the one to set an example and show kindness to whoever crossed my path instead of taking part in the gossip circle. Once you get to a certain age you realize that people really do remember how you made them feel and that’s something they will always carry around with them.
Of course I’m extremely grateful and blessed for the life I have today and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. There are days every now and then when I wish I could go back to being a teenager and not having a care in the world. To all of the pre twenty-somethings out there, make sure to enjoy every minute because before you know it you’ll be paying bills and filing your taxes. Welcome to adulthood.