At what point in your life did you think, "Wow, I'm really an adult now."
When I left for college. I realized that if I don't wash my clothes, make food, get a job, or pay my bills etc that no one else will.
When I got married and my newly wed husband said, "Hey honey, when are you going to clean the toilet." I knew then I had slipped into adulthood.
When I moved to California from the Midwest at age 21, got my own apartment, a job, and was living with a girl...etc. I think it's hard to truly feel like an adult until you have adult responsibilities and are able to meet them on a regular basis (without parental help).
It really hit me the first time my mother flew out to visit what was then (my home). Having said that I still suprise myself with little things like actually listening to the traffic report on the radio. In my youth I would have changed the station and been shocked when I ran into a traffic jam. lol!
It was actually just before I graduated high school. I was already working; but it soon dawned on me that my days were changing radically. I clearly remember thinking and asking, "What do you do? You mean all I do is go to work and come home? No schedule?" I laugh at it today, but I knew I was in for a big change in reality. I'd give anything to go back to high school!
It was the moment I was surrounded by laundry, a dirty house, kids who wanted to play and a ringing phone. It was an intense moment, but one in which I realized, this is my grown up life and I love it! ( I do still wish the laundry or cleaning fairy would come every now and then and help this adult out!)
I think it finally this me when I became a mother at age 30. Until then I felt like a girl playing house.
I lived on my own for a few years now but I recently moved across the country from all my family. Sometimes it hits me that I am so far away from everyone I grew up with. Scary feeling
Well for that to happen you have to consider the term "adult". What does it mean to be an adult? Typically psychologists claim the term means when an individual can live on their own, pay their bills, and take care of themselves without any aid.
With this definition, some people never turn into adults. However, the age this typically occurs is in the 20's, normally 25. So I don't tell myself that as I do not consider myself an adult, even though the government and society do. And they don't really count for much. They both say "happy holidays" (annoying me) and claim pizza as a vegetable... So to my view, I'm not an adult.
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