I was cracking-up by a song on radio while driving to work yesterday—“Young Dumb & Broke”—apparently it’s a hit. When it ran into the chorus, I giggled and shook my head as my mind wandered down memory lane to all the dumb sh*t I did when I was younger. I cringed in embarrassment at the thoughts. Wow! Did I really do those things? What was I thinking? Clearly I wasn’t thinking… I mean, that’s the only logical explanation!

Haven’t we all done some really stupid things when we were young? As far as I can recall, I’ve made the poorest decisions when it came to love, friendship, family, life and myself. Like the time I chopped off all my hair and went blonde. Or my high school crush-–Ugh! Seriously? Then there was the time I couldn’t get a full sentence out without mouthing profanities. Yikes! Those however, are the least of the stupid things I’ve done; don’t even get me started on the old love life. Sheesh!!! 

It’s said that, if we don’t do stupid things when we’re young, we’ll have nothing to laugh about when we’re old—I guess it must be true because those photos of skinny brown me with short blonde hair, or the memory of my countless sibling rivalries, certainly gives me a good laugh. I laugh partly because of how carefree I must have been back then, and partly because to me, it’s a measure of growth. Given what I know now, there is absolutely no way I’ll ever repeat most of those things. 

Despite all, isn’t it fulfilling to look back on the stupid things we’ve done when young, have a good laugh, and see how much we’ve matured and wised up? We live and we learn… well, at least I hope we all do.

What did you do when you were young?

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Love, Candace

16 Replies to “The Stupid Things We Do When Young”

  1. Lovely post, Candace. With age we often forego our abilities to do stupid things! Now, I’m not sure if that’s what growing up means. However, at times it feels like today’s “wiser-me” is also a “miser-me”. 🙂

  2. I could write a book about the stupid things I’ve done in my life. haha Hopefully the things I’ve done, and the lessons I’ve learned from them, will lead me to the life I’ve always hoped to live.

    I apologize in advance, just in case this gets really long again, but, to really tell you about all of the dumb sh*t I’ve done in my life, I would pretty much have to tell you the entire story of the first 30 years of my life. hahahaha I’ll just give you a few of my “highlights”. Some are funny, and some… not so much. When I was 10 years old, I was fighting with one of my older brothers and got mad and kicked a wall. I fractured my ankle, and had to wear a cast for six weeks. When I was 12, my friends and I were really into professional wrestling. We decided to have our own wrestling matches at my friend’s house. Over a period of about a year, I dislocated seven fingers and both of my shoulders, and I also cut my forehead so badly that I almost ended up in the hospital. As I got older, I decided storm chasing sounded like a fun new hobby. On three different occasions, I almost drove directly into a tornado, because it was raining so hard that I couldn’t see more than a few feet past the front end of my car. When I was 16, I had my wisdom teeth removed. I had trouble sleeping for a couple of nights after the surgery, but I remembered that my doctor told me the pain pills he gave me would help me sleep. I took a couple of the pills, and they made me feel really good. I took more and felt even better. Long story short, I proceeded to consume two weeks worth of pills in less than two days. I probably should have died from an overdose. In my 20’s, I spent six years traveling with a band. We were sponsored by Jim Beam for a few years, so that led to several of my stupid moments. One night in Hawaii, I passed out in a bathtub completely filled with water while fully clothed. It’s a funny story now, but I easily could have drowned. Another night in North Dakota, one of the band members tried to help me down a flight of stairs in a bar while we were both incredibly intoxicated. We fell down the stairs, and I got kicked in the head. I was knocked unconscious, but was told that I started partying again once I woke up… I don’t remember it. My last weekend on the road before I quit the band, I got nearly blacked out drunk and decided to wheel around downtown Chicago by myself at 3:30 AM. I was on a mission to find pizza… which I eventually found. I dropped one of the slices on the floor in my hotel room and still ate it. That’s disgusting, but it’s a funny drunken story. haha

    On a completely different note, I have spent most of my life single. I have very little experience with relationships and dating. More times than I care to mention, I convinced myself that I was in love with someone I really didn’t know very well. In all of those situations, I ended up being devastated when I finally got the courage to tell the girl how I felt, and was rejected. There were other times I was just too scared to tell a girl I liked how I felt, and, after it was too late, I found out that the girl liked me, too. So many missed chances and so much misplaced focus in those situations. This past weekend, I had a chance to spend some time with a friend from back home that I hadn’t seen in over two years. We’ve known each other for well over five years, and I’ve always kinda thought of her as more than just a friend, but had never told her. I’ve made it very clear to her over the past few days that she is very special to me. She seemed surprised, but she didn’t run away screaming. haha She told me she reads my blog, which I didn’t realize. Although I purposely don’t mention names in my posts, she now knows that I wrote some of my most recent posts about her, and she said it makes her smile. Now that I have learned to be responsible for my own happiness, I am noticing how much she adds to my already happy life. I don’t think I would have realized that if I hadn’t made the stupid mistakes I made in the past.

    As much as we can look back and laugh or shake our head thinking about the stupid things we’ve done in the past, hopefully a lesson was learned from all of those things. That seems to be the case for me.

    Great post, as always, Candace!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Danny. Wow, it sure seems like you’ve had a whirlwind of experiences growing up. The drunken stories are hilarious…I think we all have some of those as well. They never fail to give us a good laugh.

      Best of luck with your friend.. it seems like a tricky situation.

      Thanks for sharing your story, I enjoyed reading it 🙂

      1. Thank you, Candace!! Most of the situations I find myself in seem to be a bit tricky. I never do things the easy way… that would make too much sense apparently. haha

        The drunken stories are always funny to look back at and tell. I have forgotten more of those stories than I can remember.

        My life has been a crazy rollercoaster ride. For years, people have told me I should write a book. Maybe someday that will happen. As many stories as I already have to tell, hopefully my life is still just getting started. 🙂

  3. Great post, Candace! I’m reading this and much like everyone, I’m shaking my head thinking about all those questionable things I did wondering… What in the world compelled you to do that?! It’s always refreshing to hear other people say they went through the same things as it validates our humanity. Our beautifully flawed nature that affords us opportunities to fail and learn from our mistakes. To be able to be our own teachers in life is a powerful moment. Thank you for sharing! -R. 🙂

  4. As the saying goes, “hindsight vision is 20/20”, looking back at life’s experiences we would always think we could’ve done things better. The most important thing is having the intelligence now to recognize the dumb sh** we did. Am sure when we look back 20 years from now we would think the same, lol, and babe, am sure we will have lots to laugh about!

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