I Wish I Could Go Back: Top Ten Lessons from My Childhood

I find myself in awe over how quickly time passes. I can remember running around the house as a 5-year-old tike and now I sit here writing this to you as a 24-year-old man. I know that 24 is young, but I feel much older.

I’m even in awe at how quickly the time has passed since I began blogging consistently. It’s been over two years now. Two years. What’s 365 multiplied by two? Hold on…

730 Days. Honest to goodness, that took a lot longer than it should have.

I’m always a sucker for nostalgia, so I began digging through my archives and stumbled upon this beauty. Posted in November of 2015, this was a writing prompt that asked what was the biggest lesson you learned as a child. Being me, I couldn’t settle for only one.

I don’t resurrect old blogs too often, but I’ve hit a serious wall of writer’s block and need some brain juice. I hope you enjoy the list!

10.) Playing outside was just as boring as inside

I mean, I always found a way to peek through a window and watch Scooby Doo. We also lived in Florida, so playing outside meant riding a bike through a lake of fire.

I.e. it was hot.

9.) If you hit someone (purposefully) in the face with a tetherball, you get punched back.

Do I need to explain? I was an angry fourth grader.

8.) If you didn’t skateboard or have long hair you were an outcast.

Skateboarding and long hair were all the rage back then. Seriously, a Wednesday night at youth group looked like a bunch of mops spent too much time in Tony Hawk’s closet. I tried to be like the cool kids but only ended up with scraped knees and no friends.

*Insert pathetic ‘Awh’ here*

7.) Teachers and Parents have a telepathic bond

I thought I was a smooth little brat. Had a bad day at school and end up with a bad star? “Oh, sorry teach, I left my agenda at home. Oh, sure I’ll give the note to my mom.”

Somehow, someway, the parents always found out. I blame mother’s intuition.

6.) The only “race” that stood between my friends and me was the one around the block.

Seriously. There were no distinctions in our minds. Yeah, we knew we were different, but who cared? We were friends, buddies, best pals. Nowadays you don’t go an hour without hearing about racial tension.

5.) Having three sisters meant learning to lose arguments gracefully.

I haven’t mastered this quite yet, but I believe that God gave me three sisters to prepare me for the future. As in, He gave me three sisters so I could learn that I’m incapable of winning an argument.

4.) Girls are cool, but they’re not the end-all-be-all of life

I’ve been chasin’ the ladies since I was in second grade. I almost failed the third grade because I was awestruck. I chased girls around the parking lot of church every Wednesday night. I even had a little mafia of friends who would go interrogate the girls I liked to see if they liked me back.

Needless to say, I’ve grown up a little. Rejection as a youngster prepared me to see that life is more than relationships. Don’t get caught up in finding love. Enjoy life!

3.) Imagination is everything

Without it, a kid will suffocate. If imagination is removed from the picture then what makes a kid a kid? If he/she can’t dream, then where in life do they have to go? Let the child dream. Let them imagine. Their ideas may be crazy now, but at least they have some kind of goal for their life.

Even as an adult, though, we need to be able to dream. It keeps the heart alive. It keeps the soul young. Be a dreamer!

2.) I could have been a better brother

I was in between the ages of 5-10 and didn’t really see the value in it. Now that I’ve grown up, dealt with depression, and have experienced life on my own, I wish I could have done better. I tell this to everyone, if it weren’t for my family, I would be dead. The grace of God kept me alive in the darkest days of my life through my dad, mom, and three sisters. I wish I would have realized that sooner.

1.) I want to go back and do it all again

I look at pictures of us as kids and wish I could go back. It wasn’t always easy, but it was a lot easier than life right now. No bills, no responsibility. The only choice you had to make in the day was whether that worm was going in your mouth or not (It never did).

What about you? What were some of your favorite memories/lessons of your childhood? Let me know down in the comments below!

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