How things change

When I was a kid, I hated bubble gum. I say hate, there was a lot of fear as well. I hated feeling like I was the only kid in the world who couldn’t blow a bubble. When one of my friends told me what they heard would happen if you swallowed it, it put me off it for a long time. Of course it  was a load of rubbish, but to a six year old it was the most frightening thing ever. Thinking about it still makes me shudder as an adult. 

Years later, when I was in my mid twenties, I was looking for something to help me stop biting my nails. Everything I’d tried hadn’t worked, including the Stop and Grow stuff which I ended up not minding the taste of. I decided to give chewing bubble gum a go at the times when I felt like chewing my nails. It did work….for a while. While I did inevitably go back to my nail biting habit, I did find out that I liked bubble gum after all and that blowing bubbles was fun once I had finally mastered the skill that I failed in my childhood. 

Recently I bought a bag of Anglo Bubbly as I’d read that chewing gum could help with anxiety. I find that it does help me to calm down when I get anxious, while blowing and popping bubbles is a good stress reliever. I try not to be annoying, but I mostly do it when nobody else is near me, as I’m not keen on having the life frightened out of me by someone loudly popping the stuff either.

So, what is it that you used to hate when you were younger, but now love or at least don’t mind anymore?



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