Remember when the most challenging part of your afternoon was making sure to match the colors with the numbers and to concentrate on coloring within each line? And nothing was as important to you as your cabbage patch baby-doll or super Nintendo Mario Bros game.
The most difficult choice you had to make each day was whether or not you wanted peanut butter and jelly for lunch or cheese and mustard. Back when you would get rewarded with money for every tooth you lost or ice cream with sprinkles for finishing the peas off of your dinner plate.
The only war you would have to worry about is the card game and “Life” was just the name of a game you played where you could instantly become a billionaire just from the role of the dice.
You wouldn’t have a cell phone because you didn’t need one, all of your friends lived on the same street; mommy or daddy were always only a couple of steps away from you. And bath-time was an adventure in itself, especially those special occasions when your mom let you fill up the water to the tippy- top.
Rewind back to present day reality. Now the most challenging part of your afternoon is if your going to finish all of your assignments and still make it to work on time. Nothing is more important to you then your blackberry and making sure you keep a good relationship with your professors.
The most difficult choice you have to make each day is whether or not that chocolate brownie is going to make work out time extra strenuous or if you should just suck it up and eat freeze dried vegetables because they are the lowest in calories. Sure you can still reward yourself with ice cream and sprinkles, but it just doesn’t have the same exciting effect it once had.
But what if we all took the time to realize how important it is to just kick it? Sit back and relax once and a while and be immature like we once were as kids. Now that we have mastered coloring, wouldn’t it be a great idea to just use it today as something to calm our nerves when we are upset?
Or to pop in an old Disney movie like “The Little Mermaid”
0 and sing along to “Under the Sea” and all the other Disney songs that still continue to bring a smile to our face. Sure we won’t be in need of rubber ducky anymore, but it still feels nice to take the time to enjoy a hot bubble bath once in a while.
Maybe our lives here in college could be a lot less stressful if we remember our youth. I know nine times out of 10 our lives can become overwhelming with the overflow of work, relationships, personal and public life, but we should still remember it is important to have some one on one time with yourself.
We’re never going to be able to get rid of all of the stress that comes with growing up but keeping yourself happy and healthy is the most important thing you can ever learn. Too much stress is never a healthy thing. So put the paper aside for a second, grab a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and indulge. You can always worry about it tomorrow.