Am I too old or just too lazy to be a kid again?
I was thinking of things that I used to do as a kid growing up. Many of those I still enjoy doing today. Or at least think that I still do. Yet, I haven't made them enough of a priority to actually spend time doing it. So what's changed. Is it a lack of energy? Making time for just myself vs. the family, the business, etc? Have I just gotten lazy as I've gotten older? So here is a list of things that I enjoyed as a child that I would still enjoy today if I just got around to doing it.
I have the gear, the license, and the time but rarely actually go. Yet every time I do go, I have a great time.
2. The racetrack
My Dad raced when he was younger and I have been an avid fan since I can remember. We used to spend every Friday and Saturday night at a local track somewhere. Many weekends were double headers and we just camped in the infield or crashed in someone's car hauler. Now I make an annual trip to see a NASCAR or CHAMP car race every year but haven't been to a local track in years. Why not? It isn't far.
I admit that this one isn't quite as much fun as it was when I was young, but I still love getting outdoors and being a provider. I spend quite a bit of money to not go more than once or twice a year.
4. Reading for pleasure.
While I still do this, the process is different. Now, I'm reading a bit here and there in between doing something else. When I was younger, I could pick up a book and not put it down until it was finished. Could be hours or even a day or so.
5. Bicycle riding
Of course for many of us, a bicycle was our first taste of true freedom as kids. But even after I had my first car, I would often take the bicycle instead. Now I'm more likely to jump in the car for even the simplest errand. And even if I decide that a particular trip is silly to take the car, I walk instead of riding a bike.
There were years when I spent more than a third of the year under canvas, nylon, or the stars. Other than the annual race trip I mentioned earlier the gear is just gathering dust.
7. Auctions / flea markets
Great fun then. Still is now. Even as vendor, I enjoyed myself. But haven't been to either in more than a year.
8. Table top gaming
Whether it is an RPG like Pathfinder or D&D, a marathon session of Monopoly, or a simple hand of Rummy; I've always enjoyed sitting down to a good game with friends and family. This too has now become an infrequent experience.
9. I don't believe my interest in these things have changed.
But my willingness to devote time to them certainly has.
10. I hate the sound of lawnmowers.
Nothing to do with this list. When I was kid I actually like the idea of mowing. It meant that would be out on the tractor, in my own little world. But nowadays my yard isn't large enough to justify a riding mower and as a like to work with the windows open, all I've heard all day is first one mower, then another, with the occasional weed whacker thrown in for ear shattering variety.