Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How Much Difference Does 10 Years Make?


A few days ago, I was tidying my room and accidentally stumbled upon potentially the biggest procrastination tool ever - my old Nintendo DS. I'm definitely not ashamed to say that I spent a good couple hours sat on my bed, re-living the pure ecstasy that is Super Mario Bros, Animal Crossing, Nintendogs, you name it, I was 7 again for that joyful evening. Well, that was until the guilt of looming A-Levels and prospective adulthood in general swallowed up my happiness like a Piranha Plant. (Sorry, too tempting.)


However, it got me thinking about what I actually enjoyed doing as a kid, and I realised that everything I enjoyed doing then, I still enjoy doing now? This meant that either I was a very mature child or am a reaalllyy immature almost-adult... (The latter is most likely, if I'm being completely honest with myself) Anyway, after the Nintendo DS incident, I wrote down some of my childhood hobbies and compared them to things I like to do in my spare time now, and this is what I came up with!

  1. Reading. As a young, chubby, carefree girl, I used to absolutely LOVE reading! Since the age of 2, my nose has always found its way into a book one way or another. According to my parents, I would 'read' books religiously and demand repeat performances of my current favourite novel, repeating words after them until I fell asleep. Although my parents obviously don't read to me anymore, one of my favourite ways to fall asleep is with the help of a good book. Unlike scrolling through Twitter or Instagram before bed, the right story stimulates and relaxes the mind. (I find phone screens before bed super harsh on my eyes.) I don't find myself having a lot of time to read as of current, mainly due to pressure from my English A-Level to obsessively study the same 4 books/texts until I know them back to front. Hopefully this will change once exams are over (I cannot explain how excited I am for that day!) and I can happily indulge in the many worlds between the many pages of the many books that I shall read.
  2. Dancing. My parents were never pushy in terms of making me join every after-school club in the hope that I'd become the next child prodigy who could pirouette and play the violin at the same time, unlike a lot of parents I know now. They were generally chilled out and supported me in anything I showed interest in. It took me a couple years, but  I eventually figured out that I wanted to join a dance club. So, at the age of 9, I joined a street dance class at my local leisure centre. As a natural introvert, I initially found it hard to be the youngest in a class of somewhat experienced and talented dancers, but I tried my hardest to keep up and eventually it paid off! I stayed with the company till I was 16 and performed in several shows - which I loved endlessly! Although I don't dance there anymore, I never go a day without dancing in one way or another. I've been considering joining a salsa class after exams too - it looks like so much fun!
  3. Painting my nails. Along with many others, I followed the rise of YouTube in its growth during 2006. I would sit on my parents' computer and watch YouTubers like Ryan Higa create hilarious content which I would sit and watch for hours. However, as a young girl, I took a natural interest in the beauty side of videos. From here grew my obsession with nail art, inspired originally by bubzbeauty, who became one of my first favourable YouTubers! The achievable and colourful nature of nail art is what got me first interested, and I spent so much time observing and copying some beautiful designs (although they never turned out so beautiful on my nails...) onto my own little hands. I don't have as much flare in my nail polish choices now, I tend to stick to one colour, with a layer of glitter polish being the furthest I'll go. My favourite colour to wear at the moment is definitely any magenta shade, which is huge difference to the smiley faces and floral patterns I used to make! 
I'm not sure how common it is to retain childhood interests, but in a way I'm pretty glad I've kept mine as it provides a sort of progression mark for me to have in mind, and it allows me to acknowledge my growth as a person through not only what changes, but what's stayed the same.

Let me know in the comments, what childhood hobbies did you have?

- Ashia

18 comments

  1. Lovely post Ashia my love, what I would give to have my old DS back but sadly it got thrown away a few years ago...cry!!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thankyou! Thats so sad :( I guess you're lucky in a way because I find it such a massive distraction haha! X

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  2. I have always been a music addict - everything from classical and jazz to classic rock and alternative. I was that kid that was always in trouble for listening to their music far too loud, and now my husband threatens me that if I blow the speakers out of my jeep he isn't replacing them - so apparently that hasn't changed lol

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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    1. Haha, thats quite the threat - clearly old habits die hard!

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  3. Aww this was like a trip down memory lane, I used to go dancing like three times a week and was also completely addicted to my Nintendo DS, my favourite games were Spyro, Yoshi's Island and of course Mario haha xx

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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    1. Yes! Spyro was super cool, and thats awesome that you did dance as well! Xx

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  4. Oh I loved reading! Still do. I'd read while eating, read while doing my biz in the toilet, even read when I'm supposed to be sleeping. When I was grown, I'd read while cooking. I've burnt so many dinners as a result.

    Adulting is hard. But reading helps sometimes.

    Endi www.onyixtus.com

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    1. Haha aww! That's true dedication. Adult world = stressful, book world = relaxing :)

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  5. Aww, lovely post and so nostalgic! I used to collect SO many Barbies and Bratz and a whole array of dolls. I used to build Barbie houses too and I had a Barbie aeroplane so Barbie's was probably my biggest childhood hobby! xx

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    1. Thankyou! Ahh me too, I preferred Bratz over Barbies though. Oh sweet, sounds like a lucky Barbie, haha! Xx

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  6. Oh my gosh, Nintendogs was my childhood game! Since my Mum wouldn't let me get a real pet, I dedicated my time to a virtual one instead. I loved when you'd take them for walks they'd sometimes give you little presents along the way. Great post!
    AnnieChanie

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    1. Me too! I would still love to have a pet dog :( Thankyou!

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  7. I don't really share any of my childhood traits ether, except for Pokemon! I used to love paying it on my DS lite and now I love playing it on my phone x

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    1. Yes! Pokemon Go has definitely bought back some childhood memories! X

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  8. I think I still habe a lot of childhood hobbies. I used to so alot of outdoor activities which I still do. Read which I still do and male crafty things which I still do. I think I still do most things just at a more elevated level! 😂
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. True, although I cant climb trees as well as I used to... haha! X

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  9. Oh this is such a sweet post, I can definitely relate with the nail varnish one.. I used to be so obsessed with painting my nails when I was younger, I would do it almost every day haha. You have a wonderful blog here anyway, you should be proud of all your hard work! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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