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9 ridiculous reasons I quit every after-school activity I was ever enrolled in

I even quit summer camp… twice. Oh, and playschool.

SOME KIDS ARE born to do extracurricular activities.


They thrive in a creative and/or competitive environment, live for their after-school activities and spend all week looking forward to their weekend classes or training sessions.

And then some kids are like me.

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I hated swimming lessons, resented that Irish Dancing classes were eating into my TV time, and couldn’t get my head around the whole Scout thing.

Full disclosure; I quit all of the following: Piano, Tin Whistle, Swimming, Camogie, Basketball, Irish Dancing, Speech and Drama, Beavers, Cubs, and Brigins.

I even quit summer camp… twice. Oh, and playschool.

And here are just some of the more ridiculous reasons I did that.

1. I didn’t like how cold the GAA changing rooms were.

Cold hard cement floors, exposed brick walls and a bag of oversized jerseys. Would it have killed them to throw down a rug or two?

2. I didn’t like one of the girls on the basketball team.

Seriously, I thought she was too roughhanded. We’re on the same team, like.


3. Saturdays were for me-time, not team-time.

Saturday mornings were for re-runs of Clarissa Explains It All, not for camogie blitzes in Rathcoffey.

4. I was tired after school.

I had very little left to give after a six-hour day, so why did I have to recite poetry in a bandy prefab when I could have been at home watching Home & Away and eating Spaghetti Bolognaise?

5. Playing piano hurt my back.

No seriously. Stress of that.

6. I didn’t like the songs they sang in Bridgins.

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ gave the 9-year-old me the absolute creeps, and I refused to return after that one was wheeled out.

7. Irish Dancing gave me a headache.

Yeah I know; all the buck-lepping left me feeling like a bout of Tinnitus was coming on.

8. Swimming was traumatic; end of story.

And I was shite. My mam ended up teaching me herself after five years of formal lessons got me nowhere. Oh, and I saw a kid actually gnaw on a float, so I was peacing-out after that.

9. The term ‘find a partner’ was my Kryptonite.

Why did I have to find a partner? Why can’t I do it by myself? Or why couldn’t you just assign me a partner and take me out of this godawful social limbo where I’m forced to sidle up to someone and ask them to love me.

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Oh and the quitting playschool thing?

They offered me baked beans for lunch on my first day, and I knew it was never going to work out.

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