Imagine that you’re 6 years old. You’re sound asleep in your twin bed, your body snuggly and warm in your favorite dinosaur or princess-pink pjs. A few lines of drool drip from your wide-open mouth as your fingers curl around your favorite stuffed animal. It’s almost 8 am. As the sun rises, a few dust-dappled sunbeams streak across your face, waking you from sleep. Your eyes finally open, blinking rapidly while you remember where you are. Then, a single thought comes to your mind, instantly snapping you awake: It’s Saturday.
You leap out of bed and grab your plushy by the ear as you drag it to the living room, skip-running all the way. Grabbing the remote, you plop yourself cross-legged in front of the television and aim the control at the TV like a sword. You press down hard on the power button and watch the screen flicker from crackly, black-and-white snow to color. A few lines striate the screen before it finally settles to a perfect, slightly pixelated picture. Suddenly, the TV blares, and you panic, fumbling with the remote to put the volume all the way down. Holding still to make sure you didn’t wake your parents, you slowly raise the volume a couple of notches until you can just make out the familiar theme song of your favorite cartoon.
It brings you back, doesn’t it?
Because this world is cruel, we all have to grow up at some point. When I was little, I couldn’t wait for the day when I could wear what I wanted, go where I wanted, and eat as many ice cream sundaes as I wanted for dinner. Now that I’m in the adulting phase, for the most part I am happy and satisfied with where I am to be honest… Still, I do miss those moments of carefree abandon, when my biggest worry was remembering to keep my finger on the Channel Recall button so when I heard my parents walking down the hall, I could change it to the show I was actually allowed to watch.
One thing you definitely learn as you grow up: Adulting is hard. You’d think that grown-ups know what they’re doing, but honestly, do you ever? As a young adult in my mid-20s 一 I’m sure many of you are in a similar place ─ I feel like I have my life fairly established. I’ve graduated from college, I’ve been working for a few years, and I know for the most part what career direction I want my life to take. But there’s that huge part of me that still feels like a kid. I constantly joke around, stay up late, binge-watch TV, and goof off with my friends. It’s just that now there’s this cloud of responsibility that follows me wherever I go.
Growing up is tough, but I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take a break. After all, one of the perks of being an adult is getting to do whatever the heck we want. :) Because I’m old, I checked the weather forecast, and it says it’s supposed to rain on Saturday. Life is hard, so this weekend, if you don’t already have plans, I suggest you shut off the alarm, let the rain wake you up, and spend the morning curled up on your couch as your clutch a steaming-hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate ─ o por qué no los dos? Let your brain rest as you watch mindless cartoons, and allow nostalgia to wash over you as the rain drip-drops onto your window.
To help you out, I’ve made a YouTube playlist ─ a breakfast buffet, if you will ─ of some of my favorite cartoons growing up. And the best part? They’re free and accessible to everyone, even if you don’t have Netflix or Hulu. From DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and Doug to Gargoyles, Recess, Rocket Power, and more, this video playlist will bring you back down memory lane. No matter how old you are, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a skip-run in your step.
Trust me. You deserve it. :)
Omelette du fromage,