9693.) When I was little, all I wanted was to grow up so I could be free. Now that I'm older, I realize being free and being independent aren't always the same thing. When you're a kid, you don't have many worries, insecurities, or responsibilities. You have time to play, to explore, and to dream. You love without fear and happiness is easy to come by. That was freedom, and how I miss it so.