Thread: Not wanting to grow up

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    • 11 years 19 days ago
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    Throughout your life, have you ever (contrary to your ageing) not wanted to grow up in any way?

    I personally want to go out by myself and do a few other grown up things, but I can tell you:

    Even though I am 20, my Television watching habits particularly, are still (mostly) that of a 6-12 year old. Not only do I still like to watch Ninja Turtles, Biker Mice and other shows from our kiddy days, but I do also like to watch an assortment of what's on kid's TV nowadays (such as Ben 10, Storm Hawks, Galactik Football, SamSam, Captain Flamingo and many others) . This choice to still watch Kid's TV even in adulthood is a personal choice I made with pride. I am not so keen on all that "grown up" stuff other folks my age & older may watch (such as 24, Prison Break, Grey's Anatomy, Sex & The City et al), but that's not to say I don't watch ANY adult TV at all; I do like to watch a selection of adult comedy, particularly Family Guy, American Dad! and Happy Tree Friends.

    I may not play with toys in a fully fledged manner anymore, but I do have an increasingly fond tendency to collect capsule toys from Gashapon/Gachapon machines (insert a £1 coin, turn the handle, and out comes a toy, if you are unfamiliar with such machines). I do also have an assortment of cuddly toys of favorite characters (mostly games characters like Sonic & Tails, but I do also have some cuddlies of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch).

    One scenario from when I was younger where I didn't grow up at first but then did so in a belated manner was;

    At the point in my childhood where we would ditch preschool stuff, I ditched all preschool stuff EXCEPT Thomas The Tank Engine, which I did eventually ditch shortly after turning 8 years old.

    What are your "not wanting to grow up" scenarios, if any?
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    Same here. Hell, I'm 30, have a full time job, and still find myself watching stuff like Spongebob, Fairly Oddparents, and Kim Possible. And when they were on, I'd also watch a lot of Dexter's Lab and Powerpuff girls too. Hell, I still like to look around a toys r us, build legos (though I prefer the more advanced, "collector's edition" style sets) and actually bought some Transformers based on last summer's movie.

    But, as you say, I like to watch a mix of stuff. I also enjoy more mature programming like Dexter (not Dexter's Lab!), Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order, Scrubs, etc. It also helps that I work a 9 to 5 office job...
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    I'm 43 about to turn 44 in a little over a month, and I still do a lot of things I enjoyed 20 to 25 years ago, such as listening to loud rock 'n' roll, playing video games and sometimes building models. I sometimes refer to myself as a "teenager in his 40s" or a "43 year old teenager"! I wish there was no such thing as getting old. I often dread the thought that I will be an old man someday! I often look back at my childhood and teenage years, and even my early 20s and wish I could relive them.
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    I don't watch that much television, but I do occasionally watch some kiddy stuff, like Spongebob and Fairly Oddparents.
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    I still love Winnie the Pooh, have a retro room full of my childhood things, and still sleep with the same 101 Dalmatians dog I've slept with since I was 5.

    Otherwise I do read grown-up books and watch some grown-up shows. I don't watch 2000s cartoons but I do watch cartoons from the late 80s and 90s.

    Rirotostichi, I respect your choice entirely. If it were up to me, all the cartoons and shows from the 80s and 90s would be out on DVD or on TV, and I would spend uncountable hours a day watching them all.

    And I'm 21 years old.
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    Well mine would be not giving up watching old T.V. shows like Mighty morphin power rangers, TMNT and x-men.
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    Part of human life... once we crossed certain line, we all want to stay young and why not, do what we did when kids, ask ANY grown up and they'll tell you it's only a phase... sooner or later it'll be too hard to continue doing and you must welcome the future... or at least, that's how it´s supposed to be but thanks to the technology nowdays I guess you CAN stay in the era you may want and don't "grow up"... fascinating indeed... now if you excuse me my fellow RJ´s, I have to go and play "Bad Dudes!"... IM BAD!...
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    i am not alone ^_^
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    • 11 years 18 days ago
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    Yes I still do some of the things that I did when I was a kid. However there are so many grown things I can do now that I couldn't do then. I think there comes a time when you get out on your own that you have to grow up a little. There is so much more to do in life than to watch cartoons and play video games. The same hold true for people that play sports all the time. I think holding on to those things too long prevents you from bettering yourself as a adult. Therefore I try to find new hobbies and try to learn new thing. I acually find many of the shows I watch growing up to be kind of dumb now.

    With this being said some people go out of their way to get old as fast as they can and that's not good either. When I see people like this it shows with by how bad they have aged.
    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    I don't think watching shows that are more for kids neccsarly means you're not wanting to grow up.
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    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    I cant get rid of my old stuffed animals,..even though they r just crammed at the top of the closet.
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    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    I dont want to grow up. I call it the Peter Pan Syndrome
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    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    On the first day of school in 5th grade almost 10 years ago the teacher asked us all to write down which age we would be if we could choose. I think I wrote down that I wanted to be 7 again. Every other kid in the class wanted to be in their 20s. I'm pretty sure I was the only one who didn't want to be older.
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    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    Yea I'll be 20 this yea but I just wanna be between 6 - 9 years old those were the good years, more people were around they didnt die, more friends, more nice shows, and cartoons. I thought when I got older that it would be easier and cowool lol it's better to be a lil kid. Every moment of happiness after being 9 years old I'd love to experience and feel again. Things just so simple and not so complicated.
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    • 11 years 15 days ago
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    I am about to turn 43. It is only human to relive our childhood occasionaly as you get older. Whether it is a tv show or a hobby. It keeps us connected to the past and feel a little younger. Hell that is one of the reasons we are here.
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    • 11 years 13 days ago
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    I absolutely did not want to grow up when I was a little kid but we all don't have a choice, but once you grow into it you find out it's not that bad.
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    • 11 years 12 days ago
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    Easy for you to say.
    Make your own choices and we'll make ours.

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    I absolutely did not want to grow up when I was a little kid but we all don't have a choice, but once you grow into it you find out it's not that bad.
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    • 10 years 11 months ago
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    I was born in 1983 and live the majority of the 80s and it was one awesome childhood let me tell ya. Labyrinth...Ninja turtles....pee wee's playhouse...introducing the nes....cyndi lauper...peter gabriel...ninja turtles...chuck e cheese....cap guns...slumber parties...all of the mysteries still unknow to the child mind awesome awesome awesome.
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    • 10 years 11 months ago
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    Nostalgia is a weird thing. The best times in my life I think were when I was in gradeschool. Probably grades K-6. Now, here I am rapidly approaching age 28(sept 23rd), married, have a four year old son and my ten year reunion is coming up in 2009. I signed my son up for Pre-K this past friday and I have to say it was an odd feeling. Kind of a sad feeling. Not just because my little boy is already heading to school but because the last time I dealt with anything like this it was myself doing it. I got a list of his school supply needs(who knew you needed supplies for preschool?! but it's quite the list..composition books, pencils, markers, glue sticks, kid scissors, etc) and it made me remember all the school shopping we would do for school supplies back in the day.

    I am one that always thinks about the good old days. Always. I dwell on how awesome gradeschool was and how those were the times I got to hang out with my best friend the most. I think about how the summer of 2003 was so awsome because I had just lots TONS of weight and was having a blast bowling and singing Kareoke and bar hopping even though I wasnt really a drinker. But as much as time moves quickly, and i'd love to be able to experience that feeling I used to get christmas morning as a kid(back when I actually got presents lol)or the cartoons we used to watch or just hanging with my best friend, going back would mean giving up what I have now. My husband and my little boy and any friends I met after my gradeschool time period. It's times like these (registering your child for school) that makes you realize that while the past was great and it would be neat to visit, it's best left where it is..in the past and to be taken out of your memory once in awhile to reminice but not dwell. It's a scary thought but it's time for ME to move on and let my son enjoy the kid stuff. Wow this was a bit depressing LOL!!
    • 10 years 11 months ago
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    I still like watching cartoons and playing with Legos and Hot Wheels. I have always done that kind of stuff since i was a kid. I dont really enjoy stuff that most grown ups like. I am still stuck in my childhood.
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