Because I like my posts in list form

There isn’t anything in particular that made me think of this, but it popped into my head anyway, so here is:

Top 5 things I miss about being a Teenager

1. Lamenting
I wasn’t a drama queen or anything, but man, I could sit and wallow about some of the most meaningless topics in the world (and I secretly loved every minute of it). Whether it was, “Why doesn’t she like me?” or “Why does my hair poof so much?”, spent many depressive hours searching for the answers and praying for rain.

2. Yelling while sober
I’m a yeller. But I also have the utmost respect for the well-being of my fellow man, so I do try to restrain myself—although after a few beers, I’ve been known to damage some eardrums. That being said, when I was younger the world of my peripheral vision didn’t matter, and I was as loud as I wanted to be.

3. Aggressively caring about one side of an argument
High school debate is something of an oxymoron, as teenagers will not be reasoned with. I certainly couldn’t be bogged down with facts and figures—I knew in my gut what was the right thing to do and what was wrong (Democrats were ALWAYS right and Republicans were ALWAYS wrong). While I still enjoy debating a topic and exploring the particulars, I must admit I don’t have the passion that comes out of instinctually believing in what you’re saying, rather than relying on the facts.

4. The Music
I know it’s Old Man of me to say, but music was phenomenal when I was 14. Gangsta rap was in its infancy, as was grunge, and even shitty pop music had a heart to it—En Vogue beats Destiny’s Child any day of the week, even if Beyonce can sing rings around those ladies. This was the time when Guns N’ Roses put out two albums at once because one disc just couldn’t contain their awesomeness. Beat that Plain White T’s.

5. Saturday Night Live
I know it’s cliché, and I know that the folks that work at SNL now are really trying to be funny (that sounded sarcastic which is truly not my intent), but no one made me laugh like the combined forces of Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Kevin Nealon, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Ellen Cleghorne and even Melanie Huntsell. I haven’t had a good belly laugh over a sketch since Hans and Frans.