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Every day we are seeing the stars we grew up with entering the real world and all it is is a reminder that it's about to be our turn

The second Disney + came out was the second I became someone I swore to myself I would never become: a mindless consumer. Reem Althariti

I immediately jumped at the opportunity to have my childhood just a couple of taps away, even if it meant going $6.99 more in debt every month.

The app boasted all of my favorite shows as a child: "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Sweet Life of Zach and Cody" and just so many more.

Most of the time I regret impulse buys and subscriptions, but this time, I can confidently say that I and most teenagers will never regret this purchase. At least not until the subscription runs out.

At a time like today, there is nothing more comforting than rehashing the past, especially our younger years. Those of us who grew up watching the original Disney shows that the web app is boasting are closing in on our last stretch of education.

We are facing huge decisions whether it's if or where to pursue higher education or what to do with ourselves after it.

The terrifying transition to becoming an adult is being forced upon us and there is nothing we can do to reverse time. The advertisers of Disney + have done a tremendously successful job promising they can, however.

It is terrifying to open the news and see little Josh Peck married with children or Daniel Radcliffe with full facial hair. Every day we are seeing the stars we grew up with entering the real world and all it is is a reminder that it's about to be our turn, that we can't screw it up.

Reliving our favorite childhood memories by watching our old favorite pastimes with the still-young actors is a way of allowing ourselves to escape the realities of today, even if it is just for 22 and 36 seconds. During that glorious time, we can give into our primitive instincts and retreat against the face of change.

Of course, we are going to have to grow up at some point, and I am sure some of us already have. No one truly believes that by subscribing to Disney + they can stay a child forever.

It just feels worth it for only $6.99 a month we have the opportunity to take a deep breath, release our stress, and smile like we did when we were kids.

Reem Altharithi is a senior at West Linn High School.


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