Growing old is just a part of life. Some aspects of it are awesome: you can drink, you can drive (but not at the same time), you can go wherever you want, you can do whatever you want. Other aspects, though, are not so great. You’re burdened with responsibilities. Time seems to dissolve in your hands. You’re exhausted from sunrise to sunset and then have to do it all over again the next day.
It’s easy to allow life to grind you down. But being an adult doesn’t need to drag you down every day. You need time to unwind and relax. You need time to blow off some steam and enjoy adulthood for what it is. Sometimes, part of being an adult is about embracing the wonders of youth.
If you’ve been feeling the itch to feel young again, it’s not that hard to discover, so why not try some of these ideas to get back your wonderment about the world around you?
Create a World Of Your Own And Play In It
A child’s imagination is one of the finest things in the world, but it doesn’t have to die when you turn twenty-one and enter the real world. As you grow older, your life is filled with more experiences that you can pull from to create a world of your own.
Whether it’s writing that book you’ve had in the back of your mind for years to using construction kits or model trains to build a world in your spare bedroom, there are untold possibilities for what you can do. Sometimes you need to create something to work through any doubts you have, but once you start, you may not be able to stop.
Join a Club
As a kid, your parents likely encouraged you to join as many clubs as you could. They wanted you to find something you enjoyed. They wanted you to find something you could do for the rest of your life, whether it was a little league football team, scouts, or whatever else was available.
But then you got older. School and then work got in the way, and you realized that you didn’t have the time to go to these clubs every week. Soon enough, your life became work, eat, sleep, repeat. But this can get you down. You lack interaction, and you lack sociability. You require an escape.
The great thing about clubs is that you can jump in at any time. Many of them are free to join, so look around your area for something that catches your eye.
Hanging Out With Old Friends
Speaking of being social, there’s no doubt it’s been a long time since you and your buddies just hung out. With life being so very much in your face, spontaneous door knocks and endless days doing nothing have been replaced by scheduled fun.
And there’s nothing wrong with this. But when was the last time you and your buddies sat around shooting the breeze. You’re not expected to go climbing trees any longer, but you can still fire up the Xbox and smash through the new Halo campaign, take a bike ride through the woods (wearing helmets this time), or shoot some pool at that bar you always pass but never enter. You’ll be surprised how quickly the fond memories of youth come flooding back.
Do Something You’ve Never Done Before
One of the best things about being young was that nearly everything you did was a new experience. You can remember your first bike ride. You can recall with vivid clarity the first time you took a sip of beer (and you probably hated it, too). But as you grow older, these firsts become fewer and fewer until you feel you’ve done everything.
With a world as wide as it is, that’s never the case. There are so many things for you to tick off your list before you leave this plain. Take time to think about what you’ve always wanted to do and then go and do it. You want to make sure that you get in and try it out before it’s too late, and even if it’s not as great as you expected, at least, you know now.
Stay Forever Young
Being an adult has its perks, but the main perk of adulthood is being able to do whatever you like, and the older you get, the less you care about the judgment of others. If you’ve been feeling the itch to feel young again, then don’t shy away from it. Instead, embrace it, and you might find yourself feeling better about yourself and this mess you got yourself into every single day.