Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Reasons to be born later: Reasons 1-20 (Personal entry)

(This was originally published on 2-6-2008. The broken Facebook Notes system may bump this entry all the way up to the top just for updating it.)

I have many reasons why I wish I was born later. Maybe I'll reach or exceed 100, so this list may lengthen as more come to me. I would personally choose the year 2000 (in the meantime) because this is such a nice round number, and "millennium babies" probably have it (their whole childhood experiences) much better than people born over a decade earlier (like ourselves.) A lot of anything meant for kids today didn't exist when I was one.

(In no particular order of strength) Reasons why I wish I was born in the year 2000:

1. Kids have it easier than adults do.

2. They enjoy so much more technology than we did when we were kids (and I'm a fan of the newest & the latest.)

3. Mistakes are more easily forgiven.

4. Mistakes are more easily and quickly forgotten.

5. Negative consequences aren't quite as lasting for the same actions.

6. Jobs may not be as available, but they weren't mandatory because your family provided nearly everything for you.

7. Your parents' medical plans had an umbrella over you. You never had to arrange and pay them for yourself.

8. Dental plans are harder to come by (and probably more expensive if they do) as an adult. Even under a government-assisted medical plan like Medicaid.

9. Medicaid does cover dental care for children, on the other hand.

9. The things you did everyday weren't nearly as boring, tedious and tiresome.

10. Not even the reading and schoolwork when we look back at it.

11. As an adult, you can only get one free replacement for your eyeglasses every 4 years if lost (but they're kinder about it if damaged and not lost.) Though as a child, you can get up to 4 free replacements every year.

12. Many more adults are kinder to you, with the exception of some teachers of course.

13. You never worried about having to find a summer job. All you worried about was what camp(s) to go to, where to go on your family vacation, who to have a sleepover with, and anything that was all fun and joyful in the first place.

14. So what if we couldn't drive? If we lived in Manhattan or any town with a population of 30,000 or more, then the town had enough of what we wanted or needed (from skating rinks to pools to tutors, especially tutors if we lived in a college town!)

15. As for the lack of driving- bicycles were awesome, and if the parents were willing to pay for it, I think there isn't much of an age limit to drive motor scooters.

16. Your parents controlled when you got tired and alert. *yawn*

17. You were rewarded with short-term rewards more often. You didn't have to do something for a long time to wait long and hard for a long-term reward that felt centuries away.

18. Those retractable roller-shoes are a recent invention. When I was a kid, we only had skates and blades that didn't retract. Now, we can wear those retractable rollerblades to school as long as they're retracted, but there aren't many in college students' sizes.

19. Achievements, especially those made beyond expectations, are more greatly rewarded and complimented upon whereas those made while an adult are usually taken for granted and looked upon lightly.

20. Sometimes being on the receiving end of "telling it like it is" is more helpful than withholding it entirely like what seems to happen a lot in college. Anyone in high school and younger are used to being told like it is, and it teaches them how to shape up far more quickly than withholding whatever bothers others about ourselves.

(This gets long enough. You will find 21-40 on this link.)

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