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Jan. 5th, 2006 | 02:07 pm
mood: happy happy
music: O-Zone -- Dragostea Din Tei

You know, I went to the store today for groceries, and before I left, I bought some candy. That good ol' candy in the big bins that you buy by the pound in a plastic baggy, not those pre-packaged kinds. I came home, pulled out a few pieces and ate them (really, their candy kicks ass), and noticed how happy I felt just to have it. It got me to thinking about something... when we're kids, things like candy, trading cards and little figures are just the most awesome things ever. You catch a cool bug, it's awesome. You eat candy that turns your tongue blue, it's awesome. Things like that just make your day when you're 9. Then, when people grow up (or often by their teen years), whether they realize it or not, they become harder and harder to satisfy. They want increasingly more expensive and elaborate forms of entertainment, and life becomes boring when they can't have the fifty million things they want so badly. And you know, a lot of people think I'm childish for liking candy, Kool-Aid, cheap plastic action figures and bugs so much, but the truth of the matter is, I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy simple things like that. It really makes life a lot richer, and it feels good for satisfaction to be so *easy* to come by.

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Vakkotaur

From: vakkotaur
Date: Jan. 5th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
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I think some of that is the desire to appear grown up and be with the "in crowd" and the like. It only leads to the silly "keeping up with the Joneses" thing where what a person has isn't important except in comparison to what others have. It is not those who can enjoy simple pleasures who are the simpletons.

A C.S. Lewis quotation comes to mind: When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

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Timmo Warner

From: timmowarner
Date: Jan. 5th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Who wouldn't like those sorts of things?

Though now that I'm older I find I like being able to afford some of the more expensive toys too.

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VeryPinkyGirl

From: verypinkygirl
Date: Jan. 6th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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Well sure, getting fancy toys is a nice thing too (like my tablet!). But still, it's nice to not *have* to have those things in order to be happy.

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What's in a name?

From: shelbystripes
Date: Jan. 5th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Learning not to care how others judge you is the most liberating part of growing up, and lets you enjoy the best things in life. Unfortunately, not only do most people not grow up that much, but they then turn around and try to keep others from doing so.

They're jealous of your happiness. They want your Kool-Aid! Tell them to get their own, you were there first!

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From: greenphoenix
Date: Jan. 6th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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I think that people like that are just jealous of your ability to be more easily entertained than most. All I need is an internet connection or a good book and I'm happy...

... or when I get some good candy *drool* Especially those chocolate truffles at Whole Foods... *trails off*

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