Sometimes, I feel like I’m growing up too fast while other times, I feel like I’m not and that time is just flying by.
My mom is the oldest of her siblings so automatically, I am the oldest among my cousins. They are all at least 5 years younger than me. After my mom left for the U.S. and I was left in China, I was often the one in charge of one of my cousin but of course, I was rarely alone. There was always an adult watching over me to make sure I’m doing things right.
Usually, I was not because I was barely seven. I was like Cinderella, a wealthy princess suddenly lost everything. I was used to getting what I wanted and having someone do everything for me.
The adults would often tell me, “Don’t be so childish. Grow up. Be a role model for your cousin.”
So I tried and before I knew it, my childhood was gone and I didn’t get to do anything a child would do. I mean I did play with doll houses but that was before mom left.
After a while and even now that I’m approach mid-20’s, I feel like an adult stuck in a tiny body. So this goes out to everyone, embrace your inner child no matter what age you are.
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