It's the job of good parents to push their children to try new things. Now, sometimes hey don't always like that new thing, either because it's incredibly boring or because it's cutting into our Saturday morning cartoon time. It's not like there's some easy way for me to record the new episode of Power Rangers, mom! I don't want to go to little league practice...

Maybe they want you to try new things because that's the optimum time to try new things. As a child you're limitless, capable of falling off a house and getting right back up. Of course now is the time to give that new hobby or activity a go.

Until you stop.


Reddit user, u/Boogerman83, wanted to hear about what you gave up when they asked:

What is something you quit as a kid and now wish you continued?

Wait, How Old Is Twitch?

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I used to stream in the early days of twitch and got around 20-30 viewers, always wondered where I would be if I didn't stop.

Astolfie

Damn 20-30 viewers is actually really good. I know there are a lot of good streamers out there who typically have none, and I always look up to them for grinding it out.

thisisfelix_

Imagine If You Never Stopped

Collecting coins.

Nowadays I'm back to it though, but I wish I had accumulated them through the years.

LegateVesanus

Get That Elementary School Hustle

Trying to make as much money as possible. I quit doing it for my sanity when I became an adult.

Now I have no money and no sanity.

freebilly95

I think balance is the most important thing. I know people who work themselves to death and never have time to spend their hard earned cash. I try to work hard, but I set limits so that I keep mentally and financially healthy.

KenB314

Maybe Do A Little More Research Next Time, Mom...

Swimming. My mom took me out as soon as I was puberty aged (because she doesn't know how tampons work and honestly she's a lil afraid of them) but I miss being in the water

angelakailing

Useful In So Many Areas Of Life

Piano. I'm competent at other instruments, but I wish I had kept up with it. So versatile.

krapde

Definitely this. And all because my mom was such hard a-- disciplinarian about it. I really liked it at first and was really good, and eventually it basically became a punishment. YOU WILL COME DIRECTLY HOME FROM SCHOOL AND YOU WILL PLAY THAT DAMN PIANO AND BY THE TIME I GET HOME IF THAT SONG ISN'T PERFECT YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THE SLEEPOVER SATURDAY.

There were nights that I'd be sitting there in tears, shaking, terrified because a song I was assigned was too difficult and my mom would be there screaming in my ear what a lazy embarrassment I was. In my early teens I was given the choice to keep going or not and it was the easiest decision I ever made. Thanks for ruining a healthy hobby and the life time of anxiety mom!

Ryguy55

Put One Word After The Other

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I used to write stories constantly. I got discouraged when a family member I looked up to told me they were silly and no one would ever buy them. When I was a kid all I wanted to be was an author. Now I'm 40 and have had writer's block for decades.

TK_Sleepytime

Connecting To Your Youth The Only Way You Know How

Track and field. I found out later in life that I love running.

Verano_Zombie

It's annoying that most track meets are geared towards youth. Not everyone finds road racing enjoyable/suitable to their body type/cost effective. Fortunately there are a lot of meets open to older athletes. You just have to be okay doing it for your own purposes. Doesn't matter how the other athletes, much older and much younger, are performing in your heat. You're doing this for you.

runlots

Under The Sheets, By Flashlight, Until Mom Came In

Reading books. I would get so absorbed into them and I was doing well in school due to it. I regret stopping it

Zedfourkay

I had the same thing. Once I was forced to read, it was less fun. But I just told myself one day that I'm gonna read for 10 minutes before bed each night and also installed an app called "Streaks" to remind myself and track that I read. Almost two years in, I've only missed maybe 10-15 days of reading.

The first hurdle though is getting back into it. Try reading a book you loved as a kid—it'll be a nice, easy read and will bring you right back.

ryanb2010

Just Pick Up A Pencil Every Day

Drawing

Zisei

Came to post the same thing. I had a gift and let it rust.

LarryFong

It's So Easy, Right? So. Much. Running. Everywhere.

Staying in shape.

S3DTinyTurnips

Luckily this is one you can start any day. You'll see results in just weeks of you keep at it

TonDonberry

Yes you are correct. I did restart my intermittent fasting Monday. I previously lost 50 pounds on it, then covid hit and I was in a Fd up place....gained 30 back in like 3 months.

Back on track, tired of being miserable because of alcohol and food. Last night I went to bed sober, for the first time in years. That was hard as f-ck. But I am on my way. Thanks for the encouragement.

S3DTinyTurnips

Head Held High Because No One Can Keep You Down

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Being confident.

As a child, I had my head held high and cannot be bullied by anyone because I was so comfortable and acceptable of myself.

Current me is so marred with teenage emotional scars and issues that I can barely see my younger self in me anymore.

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