Farewell to Youth’s Trials: People Reflect on What They Don’t Miss About Being Young
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Ah, the nostalgic memories of youth. While many of us look back fondly on our younger years, there are undoubtedly aspects of that time that we’re glad to leave behind. The carefree days of childhood and adolescence often come with their fair share of challenges and experiences we’ve outgrown. In this contemplative exploration, we ask: What DON’T you miss about being young?
Lack of Independence
To start off, one Redditor replied, “Not being in control of my life and making my own choices.”
Another Redditor added, “The lack of freedom was the worst. Truly, getting my driver’s license as a teen almost immediately improved my mental health and emotional well-being. I finally had the ability to go and drive around and be by myself or do things on my own. Or I could leave some event if I wanted to leave.”
A user commented, “hanging out with people I didn’t like or doing things I didn’t really enjoy doing just for the sake of “fitting in.”
A very popular comment was simply, “Homework.”
Another comment was, “Seeing my ex in school every day.”
A user commented, “Being shy. It was almost debilitating.”
A second user added, “Insecurities about looks and people’s opinions.”
Limited Life Experience
A most-liked comment said, “Knowing literally nothing about reality. The sheer ignorance of being young and in your own bubble. Embarrassing when looking back on it.”
One Redditor replied, “The extreme acne.”
Limited Freedom and Autonomy
A user added, “Not being able just to get up and leave a place I don’t want to/have to be at. The first time I realized I could do that, I felt empowered.”
Another user replied, “The lack of autonomy to just do things. Drinking is awesome, doing what I want within my financial means is fantastic, choosing what I eat and when I eat and when I sleep is great, etc., etc.”
A funny comment read, “Nothing was made kid-sized. Everything was so huge. The toilets were so tall and difficult to use. Not only was everything too big, but also too heavy for a kid to pick up and move around.”
One Redditor added, “Being told I don’t know what I am talking about or could not possibly understand what the adults are talking about, without those adults ever bothering to find out what I knew about it.”
Drama and Cliques
A most-liked comment read, “The drama of my peers.”
Another comment was, “Junior High and High School Drama! Note: Hey kids.. trust me, none of it will matter when you’re out! Take that advice. I promise those big things to you now mean NOTHING later!”
Parental Rules and Restrictions
One Redditor commented, “Living with my parents who have a lot misogynistic and questionable views and feel there’s no such thing as privacy.”
Limited Financial Resources
A user wrote, “Financial dependence on my parents. Lord knows they used it to control and manipulate me every chance they got.”
One Redditor replied, “Uncertainty about my future.”
Judgment and Bullying
A user wrote, “Worrying about what other people think about you and putting on a show pretending to be who you’re not trying to convince others to be your friend.”
Another said, “Being bullied in school, only to come home and having to deal with that online too while being abused at home.”
One user replied, “Waking up at 6 am to be at high school on time for 7:30. I feel like the lack of sleep contributed majorly to why I was miserable during those years.”
Lack of Self-Confidence
Finally, one Redditor commented, “Being unable to stand up for myself/tell someone I didn’t like something they were doing to me.”
From the pressures of school and peer influence to the limitations of independence and self-discovery, Redditors have shared their personal experiences and insights. It is through these collective perspectives that we gain a deeper appreciation for the growth and wisdom that come with age. While youth may hold cherished memories, it is important to acknowledge the challenges and vulnerabilities that accompanied that phase of life.
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