They say that "youth is wasted on the young", which is probably true— but there's no reason you can't go back and capture some of that childlike wonder you used to have an keep it with you into your adult life. In fact, I would recommend it. There's plenty of time to take yourself seriously and get your sh*t together And, while that may be important, there still needs to be time to play, to be silly and frivolous and a little weird. Just because you grow old doesn't mean you ever have to truly grow up.
So how do you keep that fun, childlike freedom well until your adult years? Well, it's time to get nostalgic. To remember all of the fun you had and the things that seemed so easy and free— even if they don't anymore. It can help you put things in perspective and stop sweating the small stuff (and maybe even have a good time). A little splash of youth is a great way to give your current mood a boost. So get in touch with these quotes about childhood and youth that will make you want to be a kid again— or at least maybe act like one for a while.
"Don't waste your youth growing up."
"Growing old is mandator, but growing up is optional."
"Above all, never let age extinguish the fire of your inner child."
"Let your smile change the world but don't let the world change your smile."
"We don't just get to grow old together, we get to grow up together and that's the real adventure."
"Now close your eyes, and please understand that you are still young, and the universe is endless and somehow, everything will be okay."
"The idea is to die young,... as late as possible."
"And those were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
"Go wild for a while."
"Age is irrelevant. Ask me how many sunsets I've seen, hearts I've loved, trips I've taken, or concerts I've been to. That's how old I am."
"Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway."
"You can't expect to be old and wise if you've never been young and crazy."
"If you don't do wild things when you're young you'll have nothing to smile about when you're old."
"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."
"I've always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be."
"But for now, we are young; let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see."
These quotes about youth and staying childlike should give you a whole new view on things. They help you look back to another time but also learn to recreate some of that now— and make the most of each day. You don't need to feel any regret, instead you can just focus on living your life to the fullest and not let things pass you buy. Maybe it means just taking some time for you, maybe it means doing something stupid and not caring about the consequences. There's no reason to get so bogged down in the little things that you lose the part of yourself that made you the most happy. Keep it up.
And there's no reason to act like your youth is over— you're still young. And you know what? You can just relax, because if you do it right then part of you will be staying young forever. So plan for the future, worry about your rent and your pension and everything else, but keep a little part aside. Keep a little part that stay silly and fully of joy and wonder.