Just picture your 8-year-old self for a moment. Remember turning off the lights in the basement and running upstairs like there’s no tomorrow? Or crying about that watermelon seed that will definitely grow into a full-size fruit inside your belly? What about the thrill of draping blankets across the furniture to create the most elaborate fort ever?

We all have hoped to return to those carefree childhood days at some point in our lives. But while we can’t time travel back to the past (at least not yet!), we can look at pictures that make us feel like little kids again. Luckily for us, plenty of examples can be found in a wholesome corner of the internet called 'Ouch, Right in the Childhood'. This Facebook page allows us to reminisce about the good times by sharing nostalgic memes and pics that speak directly to our inner child.

So buckle up and get ready to take a stroll down memory lane because we’ve compiled some of the most accurate and hilarious posts that hit right in the feels. Continue scrolling, upvote the ones you could relate to all too well, and let us know what you miss most about being a kid in the comment section below! Keep reading to also find an in-depth interview with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Jesse Matthews about the relationship between our past and present selves. 

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whodunnitfan2013
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Joker and Harley are a toxic couple, while Morticia and Gomez are a healthy one!

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When we were little, we used to make the world our playground, let our ideas run free, and find magic in the most mundane scenarios. We were almost hardwired to be curious and adventurous, but unfortunately, the process of socialization and schooling might have robbed us of our imagination and caused us to become less creative over time.

"As we get older, our lives become more complicated and we take on more responsibility," Dr. Jesse Matthews told Bored Panda. "Since this becomes our focus, we have less time available for fun, and we tend to view play as something that can’t happen until after work."

However, amusing ourselves and goofing around was one of our primary focuses as children. The psychologist explained that we equate having fun with happiness and view our childhood as when that was more plentiful. "And because we had so much less responsibility and fewer worries than we have as adults, we think of that period as carefree as well," he added.

"These tend to be truths for many people, though nostalgia certainly plays a role," Dr. Matthews said and added that we often see our childhoods as happy and carefree, even if they might have been fairly stressful or difficult. "Because of nostalgia, we may be more likely to remember good things or things that match our views on that period, rather than some of the more negative things. It’s one of the ways people romanticize the past, which they may also do for their high school, college, or single young adult days."

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Serial pacifist
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a great comebacc. I'll go and have some snacc.

Eb
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And that's a facc. Though I think he still smokes tobacc (o).

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PjandBolt
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact, he's engaged to London Tipton from suite life of Zack and Cody. They have a child together.

BluEyedSeoulite
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No way! It does make sense though. She was my favorite on that show

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A former Russian Badger
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why dose the second one look like he is about to attack the one on crack

ToGo
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually really enjoyed his part in AHS. I thought it might be a bit of a train wreck but after watching I found myself hoping he'd appear on other seasons. Fair play to him.

Nicole Tomme
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The before and after of his recovery is astounding

Meredith
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like there's a missed opportunity here.....Good Job Macc! Anyone? Just me?

David Brown
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dudes face has barely aged.

Marley Nachi
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

he looks so much healthier in the last photo, wow

ThatOneWriter
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After all the loss and strain he went through, it's no wonder he cracked. That poor man. Glad to know he's doing better now

Joy
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is Home alone reboot ever going to happen?

Amanda Hunter
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The price of fame, people are lured to the dark side.

Jessie Zhang
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to wacc you bacc

Stephanie A Mutti
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is good to see him come out on the other side. I understand he is very funny. I hope he continues to do well given that he got shafted in childhood in a unique way

viv
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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People only remember him when he cracc

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But dwelling on the past can easily distract us from the present. According to the psychologist, people can sometimes get so obsessed with their childhood memories that they forget to lead fulfilling lives today. "Like anything else, you don’t want to take this to an extreme," he suggested. "There is a difference between remembering or reconnecting with the past and living in the past."

"You can’t go back, nor can you recreate your childhood, college, or any other time in your life. The thing I always say to people is to embrace growth and move on in life, but don’t forget who you were before. The past will always be part of you, and memories are proof of that. Hopefully, you have a lot of good ones and you will have the opportunity to create many more."

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Jul Chv
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ditch the roommates. Keep the curtain. Marry the curtain.

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Although stumbling upon memes about your childhood can hit you with a blast from the past and make you nostalgic about the good old days, they evoke positive emotions too. You see, Dr. Matthews stated that our memories aren’t as good as we like to think they are. "We often have incomplete or inaccurate memories of things from our past. Much of the detail is there, but we may not be able to access it readily, unless it is triggered by something. This is part of why seeing things like pictures or jokes actually triggers can be exciting. Hearing a childhood joke, seeing a photo of us with a friend or sibling at a certain age, or hearing an old song can bring back not only memories, but positive feelings."

As we get older and gain different experiences that help us construct new values and morals, we sometimes look at our past selves from a distance. Dr. Matthews told us it’s certainly interesting to him as a psychologist to study how we look back on our childhood behavior. "For one, it has diagnostic value when I am trying to assess whether a person could have ADHD or for how long they may have been depressed or anxious."

"More than that, however, it gives insight into our personalities," he continued. "If you were a talkative and outgoing child, chances are you still are today. Same thing if you were quiet and reserved." The psychologist noted that looking back is also useful if a person feels lost or is trying to reconnect with who they have been in their lives. "For example, sometimes people get so bogged down with responsibility and things they have to do, that they no longer engage in hobbies, have many interests, or do much other than work. Reflecting on the past might help a person to remember who they were before and what they enjoyed, possibly to change course in the present."

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Yettichild
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn, I used to play this quite a bit since I suck at minesweeper.

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Jayne Kyra
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was because of Cartoon Network that I learnt English as a child.

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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would argue that In The Heat of The Night with Sidney Poitier is the first black superhero movie. Poitier plays a black detective confronted by a racist plantation owner who slaps Poitier. Although it wasn't in the script, Poitier said that the condition for him to stay in the movie is that he slaps the dude back even harder. The director gave in. This was 1967. It was a huge "cultural shock". It was the first movie in which a black man is presented as a self-aware, self-protecting, dignified individual who will not put up with racism. Sidney Poitier is the superhero.

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We’re well aware of how easy it is to get absorbed by our daily troubles and how life can become busy and tiring. As adults, we might lose our sense of freedom and feel that our tendency to self-censor ourselves puts a big creative block on our thinking. To avoid going round in circles, we can try to reconnect and pay attention to that little voice somewhere deep inside us. After all, our curiosity, lightheartedness, and positivity may be slightly different today but it’s still there, waiting to be uncovered.

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Joe Blowe
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What about LeVar Burton (the host of The Reading Rainbow)

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"Connecting with our inner child is a wonderful way to reconnect with ourselves, especially if we have felt lost, stuck, or in a rut in life," Dr. Matthews explained. "Childhood is simple, compared to adulthood, and it’s in the complexity of life that we often forget things like being mindful, creative, having fun, or not worrying about everything. And being able to do these things, especially when life isn’t always easy, is a form of freedom."

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Jenny Michelle
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this person just enlightened all of us to this fact!

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James016
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My console had wooden accents and you had to blow into the cartridge. That and hard boiled egg yoke mouse balls

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TmKhr
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you're like the third highest ranking person in the Galactic Empire you can wear whatever shoes you like :D

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Violet Jensen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i started working retail a week ago and I feel this in my soul

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Huh? That's exactly what I say to my family, at the end of every reunion. 🤔

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BadCat
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to get a new VCR. I still have a lot vhs tapes.

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Jihana
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am certainly not a kid...but can anyone explain?

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Cactus McCoy
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because it NEEDED to know what would happen next.

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Mark and Elmo
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And here is me laughing hard at this at 4:00 in the morning 😭

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Tangwulf
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would guess he generated his own power? Could make good money selling it back to the grid. :)

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