Is this really true for most people? I'm aware that I had a less than
ideal childhood in many ways, but I remember there was always
something stressful when I was a child - there's little
doubt in my mind that there was a lot more stress and pressure
in my life _before_ I got to college than any time that's
As an adult, I have some power and can actually deal with
stress. I can choose to work extra hours to reduce work stress,
or the opposite, and the consequences are largely my own doing.
If someone is giving me trouble, I can tell them to go away
or remove myself from their influence. If work gets too bad
I can always quit, if I hate my neighbors I can move. Not
that these things are trivial, but as a child, you don't even
have options. Hate your teacher? Hate your parents? Tough.
Don't like a class? Tough. I think people often glorify
childhood and forget how little control you have over your
Which doesn't mean that I don't want to be an adult who spends
time at Toys 'R' Us.
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