It is hard for me not to get nostalgic about summertime growing up in Montana. The changes that have happened over the years in Montana as I have grown up, make me look back with fond memories. I never want to be a "kids these days will never understand", kind of person, but it is true. Kids these days will never understand.

Freedom as a Kid in Montana

Looking back and remembering the good times I had as a kid, there was so much fun and so much to do. If I had to narrow it down to one thing though, it would have to be the freedom that I had as a kid. I had the freedom to be a kid and explore and have fun. I am not just talking about not having my parents looking over my shoulder. I am talking about the freedom away from mobile devices, social media, and screen time. The freedom to be a kid.

Credit: Ben White on Unsplash
Credit: Ben White on Unsplash

Summer as a Kid in Montana was Awesome

My list gets longer after the freedom to be a kid. Jumping in a Montana lake. Drinking from a hose. Riding my bike for hours with my friends. Skateboarding where we were not allowed. Watching a Montana sunset light up the sky. Lighting off my own fireworks and the smell of a punk. Knowing every back street, alley and ditch in the neighborhood. Coming home when the streetlights came on.

Trying to Capture that Childlike Feeling again in Montana

These days I try to capture some of what I felt as a kid with the freedom I had, but it seems like it is more and more rare these days. It takes more of an effort for me to capture that feeling, but it doesn't stop me from trying.

LOOKING BACK: Being a Kid in Montana in the Summer

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