Yesterday, my friend and I were in the supermarket, looking for some snacks for our Writing Night (in which we sit behind our laptops and write and occasionally speak to each other. It’s great fun!) I mentioned that McDonald’s had Super Mario toys in their Happy Meals. “Oh which ones?” My friend asked. We looked them up on our phones and two seconds later we had decided to drive to McDonald’s to get a Happy Meal.
When we arrived, we looked at the showcase with excitement. Super Mario was a big part of our youth growing up. I remember playing it on my Gameboy, which was a pixelized version, but kept me entertained for hours. As we were waiting for our Happy Meals to arrive, I noticed how three little kids, probably around four years old stood in front of the showcase and exclaimed with excitement: “MUM LOOK IT IS MARIO! YAY MARIO!” This made me smile. After many many years, Super Mario is still one of those iconic characters that kids these days love.
And my heart still melts when I see things from the series and games that I loved back when I was a kid. I have to say, whenever I happen to watch channels like Jetix or Cartoon Network, I am disappointed by the cartoons they show. Nothing is quite like the cartoons that we got to watch when we were young. Except Phineas and Ferb. I thoroughly enjoy that.
I am happy to see that Pokemon is still a thing, although it is mostly people my age who buy the video games and still linger in their childhoods. I still have not let go of my dream of becoming a Pokemon Master. Hopefully next year my dream comes true. Kinda.
Mario is an iconic character and I still enjoy Mario games, but I also wet my panties when I see Sonic or other game heroes I spent so much time with as a kid.
Me and my best friend Sonic.
And it’s not just video game characters I have given my heart to. As I am typing this, I am sitting here in my Gryffindor pyjamas, surrounded by a shitload of Harry Potter Merchandise. I am still waiting for that Hogwarts letter too. Harry Potter was a series I got into when I was about ten-years old and I basically grew up with Harry and it is sad that kids these days don’t have a book series like HP. I recall when I was 11-years old and my friend and I were having a discussion and she said: “It has to happen now or it never will.” The letter never came, but where other kids played house, we pretended to be at Hogwarts. I always ended up being Snape though. I don’t know why.
I guess that’s the thing about adulting that I have not quite grasped yet. The ‘growing-up’ part and not liking ‘childish’ things anymore. However, I don’t think it is a bad thing that twenty-somethings (or older adults) still like the things they like as kids. Growing up is hard enough. Being mature and responsible can be a challenge and sometimes it is relaxing to be able to just go back to that inner child in you and play the games or read the books that made you happy back then. It is not childish to like something that younger you liked. It is a part of you and I am sure The Pokemon Company and J.K. Rowling are incredibly happy with my continued support.
Bottom-line is, be responsible adults when you have to be. But when you are at home and all by yourself, by all means, go all out reliving your childhood. Life is too serious as it is anyway!
What kind of things did you like as a child and are those still popular? Let me know in the comments!