Memories carry a poignant feeling of the passing of time, and only grownups know the value of childhood because children do not understand these things.
As we traverse through our daily life, we tend to look back on our childhood now and then. It was a time when our lives were filled with unbridled joy, happiness, and no worries. We were loved, cared for, and looked after by our parents. It is the first stage of life where we enjoy everything we do, and that one day grows to become a fond memory, which always brings a smile to our faces. Memories carry a poignant feeling of the passing of time, and only grownups know the value of childhood because children do not understand these things. They are protected from the filth of the cruel world and are oblivious to the worries and stress that sum up our lives.
We are all nostalgic for our childhood as we relive and reminisce about those beautiful moments we spent, but one user on Reddit has lately been feeling the childhood blues. Reddit user u/vintagepop, then 11, shared a picture of her diary entry she wrote in 2015. "My diary from when I was 11 (2015). I miss being this happy and excited about life," she captioned the Reddit post that garnered over 10K upvotes with over 900 comments. "I love my school so much! My official new best friend is Libby, and we have so much in common," she wrote in the diary, adding, "I also joined the orchestra and chose violin. My other friends are Gabrielle, Ashley, Alexis, Bonnie, Mya, and Keira." She also writes that she and Libby sit with each other during homeroom, and while her school life seemed to be going smoothly, the 11-year-old was disappointed with an overload of homework, bus rides, and detention.
But the school tales do not stop just right there! The Reddit user also drew attention to how she broke up with her friend from school. For better visual and verbal explanation, she drew a doodle of the breakup conversation between her and Alexandria, which has equal amounts of entertainment and sadness. The user bravely decided to block Alexandria's number after noticing that she kept calling and leaving voicemails to make her feel guilty. She added, "after finally pressing the block button, it felt like a huge weight on my back had been lifted." Don't we all feel like that after blocking a toxic friend/ partner from our phones? That feeling of relief is incomparable to everything else.
After the sudden heartbreak of a short-lived friendship, the Reddit user shared a few tips on finding a true friend for her future self, and we can all take notes from her. 1. Being mean to your friends. 2. Getting mad if you talk/hang out with someone else. 3. Asks you to cheat, copy, and use your homework. (Yep, a friend who copies homework off your notebook is not a good companion.) 4. They tease you, and when you say stop, they don't listen. 5. Not putting effort into the friendship. (It takes two to make a relationship work. If your S.O./friend isn't up for it, you should leave ASAP.) 6. You are the conversation starter. 7. You end up begging to befriend them.
Those are some wise words for an 11-year-old, so the next time you try to make friends, keep these pointers in mind. The Reddit user appreciated Libby, calling her a "true friend," and added that their friendship is equal. "We're each 50% - 50%" Alexandria, on the other hand, had tried to make the Reddit user jealous by showing off her new BFF. However, the unscathed and unaffected 11-year-old did not let this bring her down. She held her ground and said, "I feel good knowing Libby has one BFF: me," adding, "She has friends, but we are best friends forever!"