How to embrace your inner child

It’s not uncommon in my apartment to be found making pizza rolls and sitting around the TV watching up “Phineas and Ferb.” This is only the latest obsession in our long-list of favorite Netflix shows. Our past obsessions include, “Barbie, Life in the Dreamhouse,” “The Aquabats Super Show,” and rewatching our favorite movies that we can find on YouTube.

I’m sure people are already judging us, but this brings me to my point. We look back on childhood so fondly, yet when I bring up incorporating a bit of youth into our daily lives, people call me juvenile. This disconnect doesn’t make any sense.

Now, don’t take this as an excuse to start wearing diapers to class and crying whenever you’re hungry (even though sometimes we, as college students, do that). That’s a bit extreme, and frankly we all would appreciate it if you didn’t do that. But start bringing back the things that made you happy in your youth. You’ll discover that it can translate to happiness in your day-to-day life.

“Where do I start?” you asked. Find an old television show or movie that you enjoyed and kick back on the couch. Eat some of your favorite snacks that you could only have on special occasions. Maybe reminisce with Mom and Dad about what you were like as a child – I’m sure they have plenty of stories.

These little things are all good, but why stop there? Where does it say in the adult manual that being an adult means you’re not allowed to be happy? Start to do things that make you happier. Wear bright colors, skip on your way to class, get a stuffed animal and cuddle it (it helps, people). It may seem a bit dorky on paper, but when you find yourself with a bit of pep in your step, you’ll thank me. Connecting with a past that so many of us wish we could go back to does wonders for the soul, and it can make your daily life even better. So many of us miss the simplicity and care-free attitude of childhood, so we might as well incorporate it into our lives wherever possible. It may even help us when we’re filled with stresses of adult life and other responsibilities.

So, the next time I proudly proclaim that my Saturday night plans included cuddling with the roommates, eating pizza rolls and junk food, and watching children’s cartoons, remember to take what I said to heart and don’t judge. Although it may seem a bit unorthodox, it’s one way to make the world a little bit happier and a bit more bearable. So what are you waiting for? Put on your onesie, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and enjoy the cartoons.  Being an adult doesn’t mean we have to lose our youth.

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