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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