I miss being young(er).
Tuesday. 10.25.11 2:05 pm
I'm sure the majority of us do.
What makes me think about it in particular is that Halloween is fast approaching. I'm not a big partier, and I don't feel like I'd be missing out if I were invited to a slutty Halloween costume party.
I just miss the simplicity and innocence of everything. I miss dressing up and going trick-or-treating door to door. I miss being able to ask for things for Christmas and not having to worry about if it's affordable with the household budget. I miss shooting off fireworks and getting high just on the colors and sparks, and not having to get drunk to have a good time. I miss being able to go on Easter egg hunts in my grandma's backyard. I miss the days where people were persistent with pinching you if you weren't wearing green on St. Patrick's day. I miss the days when a sufficient April Fool's joke was putting a whoopy cushion on you teachers' chair. I miss the days when 4:20 didn't even exist (at least in my mind).
But now it's:
Halloween: LET'S GET DRUNK!
Thanksgiving: YEAH FOOD YEAH FOOTBALL LET'S GET DRUNK!
Christmas: Family time (but planning on drinking with friends afterward)
New Year's: LET'S GET DRUNKKKKK
Easter: For the most part I like to think that people don't go out and get drunk. But people who gave up alcohol for lent may think otherwise.
April Fool's day: The jokes go too far.
4:20? Fuck you. That's all.
Cinco de Mayo: EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT EVEN OUR FUCKING HOLIDAY, FUCK IT, LET'S GET DRUNK OFF OF MARGARITAS
Fourth of July: DRUNK DRUNK DRUNK DRUNK DRUNK
Birthday (whether you're turning 21 or not): LET'S GET YOU DRUNK MAN
And then the cycle repeats. I'm just thankful I have a great handful of friends that I can spend time with where we don't need alcohol or drugs or any of the above to have a good time. I really am thankful for that.
It kinda sucks that holidays turn into that, as people get older. Except April 20th, which was created for the express purpose of smoking copious amounts of MJ. So I get abuse on that one, despite the fact that it is a RIDICULOUSLY stupid holiday. At least they didn't turn Christmas into 4/20.
I, personally, attribute drinking on every holiday that ever existed to the fact that society forces us into being adults, on those days, when all we want to do is go play in the snow or go Trick-or-Treating. Someone has to stay home to give out candy, for instance, and those someones won't give candy to, say, grades 11+. So the people who are too old to get candy and too young to give it out get all upset and don't know their place in the world (because they don't have one, when it comes to Halloween), SO THEY DRINK.
Understandable. Dumb, but understandable.
I think this is what they meant when they told us not to grow up too quickly. Once it's gone, you sit back and look at it from an adult angle, and you realize that being "grown up" really isn't anything to be happy about.
But we carry on, and find ways to revisit childhood whenever possible.
» Unicornasaurus on 2011-10-25 02:30:07
I agree. It makes me upset. So usually every year I have a party for Halloween where we carve pumpkins, eat candy, and have apple-bobbing and make caramel apples. People think it is quaint, some people bring beer, but most people just have an old-fashioned good time. For Christmas I have a party where we decorate Christmas cookies and build gingerbread houses. Since I frame it as a "going-back-to-childhood" event, people usually don't bring alcohol, and they usually enjoy themselves. As long as there are activities to keep the party going, people don't have to resort to alcohol to avoid boredom. :S Now that I'm in France there is nobody to really celebrate these holidays with me. I'm still going to have to throw some kind of party I think....
» Zanzibar on 2011-10-25 05:11:22
Good thing getting drunk isn't considered very romantic, or Valentine's Day might not be safe either. X| Although I guess people who are really upset about not having a valentine might get drunk...
» randomjunk on 2011-10-25 11:24:52
I will slip St. Patrick's Day into your list.
Chucktown is pretty bad when it comes to these things.
» yourcupoftea on 2011-10-31 02:23:06
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