15 Ways To Feel Like A Teenager Again, Even For A Day

We all need a break from being an adult, even if it’s just for a few hours. Remember how great life was when you were a teenager? No responsibilities, no worries, no stress. As you get older, the realities of life take over and you lose that “don’t give a damn” attitude. It’s time to bring that back.

  1. Skip work for absolutely no reason. Who didn’t skip school at least once? Imagine having a Ferris Bueller day when you’re in your 30s. Sounds good, doesn’t it? You definitely shouldn’t make it a habit, but taking a mental health day every once in a while is good for the soul.
  2. Stop overthinking everything. Teens are impulsive and do what they want without too much forethought. Yes, it gets them in trouble sometimes, but that’s half the fun. Want to do something? Stop over-thinking and just do it already. If it turns out wrong, at least you tried.
  3. Stay out all night with the girls. Who cares if it’s a work day tomorrow? Go out and have fun until four in the morning. (That might be a great time to skip work — just saying.) Stop making excuses about being too tired or wanting to clear off your DVR. Go out, do something stupid, and laugh about it later.
  4. Try out random ass fashion trends. You’re set in your style and it suits you, but what if you just tried something random? You certainly had no qualms about making terrible fashion statements as a teenager, so why not now? Experiment with your style and change things up.
  5. Act like the world belongs to you. Millennials have a bad reputation for thinking they own the world, even when they don’t. Teens, on the other hand, think everything revolves around them. Go out with that same confidence and entitlement some days and you’ll be amazed at how much goes your way.
  6. Be the mean girl… sort of. Remember when you didn’t care so much about hurting other people’s feelings? Go back to the mean high school girl who only cared about herself. Get rid of anyone who’s dragging you down. If they won’t go, let your snotty, arrogant, bitch of an inner teen out to play.
  7. Say screw it and do what you want. Responsibilities blow. You try to do everything for everyone, except yourself. Take a day, say no to everybody and just do what you want. It’s your life, after all. Screw the responsibilities today and do something fun you want to do.
  8. Flirt for no reason at all. As a teen, flirting wasn’t a means to an end, it was just something fun you did to see how people reacted and to boost your ego. Forget about trying to get a date. Just flirt and enjoy it. Everything doesn’t have to lead to something.
  9. Focus on the present. Teens think about the future, but they’re usually more concerned with who they’re going out with that weekend, if they studied enough for tomorrow’s test and relaxing with friends. Take a cue from them and start thinking like you did as a teen. Forget the past already and start living in the present.
  10. Ask for (or just outright demand) what you want. You’re used to asking nicely (like a mature adult should) for the things you want. Usually, you get ignored. Screw that. Start demanding what you want. Be that “nothing can touch me” teen and demand what you’ve been asking for.
  11. Embrace your inner selfish bitch. Teens can be nice and sweet, but most are selfish. It’s OK to be selfish, even if it means others think you’re a bitch. You don’t have to always say yes. Tell people no and don’t apologize for it. You deserve some quality you time, even if you’re not actually doing anything.
  12. Try anything and everything. Before you got older and more cautious, you were willing to try anything and everything, so you’ve got some great stories about stupid things you used to do. That’s what makes life worth living sometimes. You’re not too old to do anything. Forget age and be that invincible teen again.
  13. Put friends before your professional life. It’s funny how a career takes over your life. Before you know it, you rarely talk to your friends, unless they happen to be your co-workers. Your career doesn’t have to rule your entire life. Put your friends and family first. Boss wants you to work late for the third time this week? Politely refuse and go out with your friends instead.
  14. Have a random one-night stand. As you hit your 30s, you think of one-night stands as more immature. After all, you’re supposed to be marching to the incessant ticking of your biological clock and looking for something more permanent. Who cares? Have a random one-night stand or at least have a few hookup buddies on your contact list.
  15. Dance your ass off, even if you suck at it. Teens don’t need to be drunk to dance like an idiot. They laugh and dance and don’t care how they look. Odds are, most of the people around you aren’t professional dancers, so they’ll look just as bad as you. It’s about having fun and not worrying about what others think. I dare you to do it sober.
Crystal Crowder is a freelance writer and blogger. She's a tech geek at heart, but loves telling it like it is when it comes to love, beauty and style. She's enjoys writing music, poetry and fiction and curling up with a great book. You can find her on Twitter @ccrowderwrites or check out her other writing on Medium.