We get older, and things change. We have so many responsibilities once we get out of college and are really and truly on our own, with bills to pay and a house to clean and pets to feed. If we have a spouse and children, then our responsibilities are even bigger. It’s not easy to juggle everything. It’s easy to forget about all the things that gave you joy when you were younger, because despite what the Fleetwood Mac song may tell you, time does not usually make you bolder. That’s not to say adults don’t have fun, but they just have less time for it, and they can’t really go all out like they could when they were teenagers. To change that, you’re going to have to make a conscious effort to look around for things that will help you rediscover your inner child.
Find your fantasy (football)
A large portion of adults enjoy watching sports, or even attending games in person. We talk about our favorite players with our friends while wearing jerseys with our favorite player’s name on the back in block lettering. The real die-hards even play fantasy football, which wasn’t a thing a few years ago, and now it’s all some people can talk about. But when you play fantasy football, are you really getting the most out of it? Do you just sit around talk stats, or do you mix it up a little? By “mix it up,” we mean adding things like fantasy football trophies to the equation. A trophy gives you something to lift in the air and wave around like you just completed something magical. In a way, you did, since so much of fantasy football depends on luck. Most of us got trophies when we were kids for doing things like coming in third place in the spelling bee or being the runner-up in a track meet. But unless you’re a professional athlete, trophies just aren’t a thing that most adults deal with. That’s a shame, because even the cheap ones are pretty darn fun.
Find your dream car
When we’re fourteen or fifteen, we dream of the day we get our driver’s license, then leave the DMV and hop into a convertible sports car that will make all our friends jealous. The reality is quite different for most teenagers, and for good reason. A sports car isn’t a good investment for someone who has been driving for just a few months. Teenagers are more likely to make mistakes and end up in a car accident, even if it’s just a minor fender bender in the high school parking lot.
But you’re not a teenager anymore. You’ve been driving for years, if not decades. If a true sports car feels like a bit of a reach, head to a dealership (like Oswego, NY’s Burritt Chevy) and ask about sporty options that aren’t quite as expensive as a new BMW or Porsche. If you’ve always wanted a convertible, then now’s a great time to get one. Nothing feels quite like cruising down the freeway with the wind in your hair and nature all around you. You’re a responsible adult in all the ways that matter; get a car that speaks to the teenager you once were.