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12 Signs You Are Truly An Adult

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


It Sneaks Up On You...

When you are a kid, all you want to be is an adult. Once you are an adult, you really can't remember how you even got there. I mean, someone has to pay that pile of bills sitting on the counter. When did that someone become you? Adulthood... it has a way of sneaking up on all of us.

So when do we really become an adult? Is it when you turn 18 years old? Maybe it is when you turn 21 years old. After all, if we are going to have all these new responsibilities, we'd better be old enough to drink. I suppose there is no definite age. Some people act like adults by the time they reach their 12th birthday. Other folks are 50 and their mothers still wash all their clothes for them and tuck them in at night.

Since I'd like to help everyone out there determine if they are truly adults, I have created this handy list. These are the signs you are now truly an adult. Don't get me wrong, not all of these signs are going to apply to everyone of us. However, I'd say if you can relate to at least 4 or 5 items on this list, my friend, you are now a real adult. Congratulations... or maybe I should offer my sympathy instead.

Signs You Are Truly An Adult

  1. The most excitement you've had all week was finding chicken on sale for half price at your local grocery store. You even had a coupon, so you saved a total of 65% on it. Oh yeah, you did the math. And then you posted a status update about it on Facebook.
  2. You find yourself on any given day saying at least once, "Oh, my back is really bothering me today," or "My knees keep aching... I'll bet it is going to rain."
  3. While planning for Saturday night, you and your partner check out movie times. Since the movie doesn't start until 8 p.m., you both determine that is unreasonably late and waiting for it to come out on DVD is a way better idea.
  4. Suddenly that retirement home down the street looks more appealing each day. You can't believe just how young the residents look to you now.
  5. You've sat up at least one night putting together a children's toy that was so complex to piece together, you almost gave up. Three hours into it, you wished your kids just liked toys that were already assembled.
  6. You no longer get excited about the new gadget at the Apple store or a new video game. Instead, you are shopping for the best toaster oven at the most reasonable price. Once this item is purchased, you invite others over to admire it. Suzy is most excited about the sliding removable tray included with it, but Kelly likes the broiling feature the best. You are the envy of the neighborhood!
  7. When you go to buy the latest Twilight DVD for yourself along with a cute Hello Kitty t-shirt, the cashier kindly asks if you are buying these items for your daughter. You don't even have a daughter.
  8. Instead of going into, "I used to walk 5 miles in the snow" stories, you've started telling, "I remember when we had to walk across the room to change the channel" stories.
  9. If you hear a scary sound in the middle of the night, you can no longer cower and hope someone else figures it out. You are the person that must investigate the scary sound now. Make sure to keep a robe and a flashlight near the bed.
  10. You've actually heard these words coming out of your mouth: "These kids nowadays! I don't know what's wrong with them!"
  11. Shopping at Hollister or Love Culture is just too much for you. They keep the music cranked up way too loud! Christopher & Banks or Coldwater Creek are much better shopping options.
  12. Your parents have now started asking you for advice instead of the other way around. You sure hope they never figure out you still don't know what you are doing!


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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh yes, it is quite a trick! Thanks so much for checking out my hub.

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    Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Saw a sign the other day: Don't grow up. It's a trick.

    Love the hub and all it implies.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Age does creep on a person. I also feel younger than my age sometimes' other times, I feel like I am ready for the retirement home. Hahaha. I remember the first microwave at my parents' house, too. Oh, and the first Beta VCR, too! Thanks for your comment!

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    These are funny! I'm definitely an adult, but I knew that already. Age did creep up on me, though! I am in my mid-30s, and feel like I am about a decade younger. It certainly doesn't feel like I always expected it to feel like!

    Haha, I sound old when I say that we got our first microwave when I was 11, and it was a new thing back then! And during that same year, we had the original Nintendo game system, which was an upgrade from the Atari we had had a year before that. Technology has improved rapidly since I was a kid! Oh, and I can't forget the internet... I was a teenager when I first saw things advertised on tv as being on the World Wide Web, and at that time it was hard to navigate.

    Now I feel old.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I feel exactly the same way. Sometimes I feel like I am stuck in the past (you should see me play a game of Name that Tune 80s Edition!) but sometimes I feel like the future is better and I need to move forward. I have to admit, I am still not a fan of cell phones though! Thanks for your comment!

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    vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

    These are awesome! I was actually thinking this the other day......"When did I become a grown up?" It's quite scary! I often think of things to say like, "We didn't know what typing on a computer was like!" or "We didn't have cell phones!" So different now and it feels like I'm kind of stuck between wanting to hang onto my youth, but embrace my age and wisdom too! Great hub!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the votes! You are now officially an adult. Like I said, anyone can be a mature adult at any time in life. It isn't about getting old.

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    YoLex 4 years ago

    Wow I love this! Im only 21 and on one hand I don't even feel like I'm allowed to be called an adult yet but on the other hand I related to about 90% of the things on your list lol! Being in uni has definitely aged me. Voted up and funny :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That is true, plenty of adults insist on watching the news each night. I find it depressing, but hey, it is reality. Thanks for your comment!

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    JUDITH OKECH 4 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

    Funny stuff. I am an adult i can see. And one more sign, You must watch news. We really grow up. Interesting hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much. I know exactly how you feel, too. My legs are just aching today. Need to go to bed early tonight... maybe 8. :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Love your humor! I also have confirmed my status - I am 100% an adult, by this list!!!! Needless to say, many times over. Now I have to go and relax for a bit, my back is KILLING me!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    busillis22 - I am happy if you felt a little younger reading this. :-) Thanks so much for checking out my hub!

    billdo1603 - Haha... it is true, adulthood is not all it is cracked up to be, but I do have to say it is better than childhood. Thanks for the votes and for the comment!

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    billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

    Hi Jeanie, Liked them all, especially 8 - 10! Like my wife says to our 2 sons, "adulthood is not all it's cracked up to be." Voted funny and up.

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    busillis22 4 years ago

    Haha! These gave me a laugh. And helped me feel a little younger...

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am happy you liked it. I felt an adult should share this kind of wisdom with other adults. ;-) Thank you!

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    You give humorous treatment to the reality of life.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh that is so true.... or when your favorite music that was so cool when you were a teen starts to play on the classic rock station. Thanks for reminding me about that one!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

    Ha! This made me laugh. I knew I was an adult when I heard "Hotel California" on the muzak machine at the grocery store many years ago.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, it is important to be a kid at heart... but still keep up with those annoying responsibilities! Thanks for the vote up and for the comment!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jeannie.....Funny and clever, as always....#8 cracked me up! LOL.....Sometimes an adult....but always a kid at heart...that's the way it should be...UP+++

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    PaisleeGal - I am happy I could cheer you up. This hasn't really been my week so much either. Thanks for the vote up!

    aethelthyth - Oh, the good old days of dialing the phone and listening to records! I miss those days. We are truly adults. :-)

    stephhicks68 - I am glad you enjoyed it. Ah, the fun of adulthood.

    drbj - That one was inspired by my cousin. She is only a year older than me, and her and husband determined 8 PM was way too late for a movie. :-)

    Movie Master - Thanks so much! It is good to sometimes get that confirmation that you are truly an adult. Thanks for the vote up!

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

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    Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Ah, confirmation - I am an adult!

    I can totally relate to most of these!!

    Very funny as always, loved it and voted up!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    The adult signs, Jeannie, are all very funny but also valuable and welcome. Thanks for sharing. I laughed out loud at #3 about the 8pm movie being late and opting for a DVD instead. So true to life!

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    Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    I can totally relate to #1, 3 and 7. Great list. I guess I am truly an adult. LOL!

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    aethelthryth 4 years ago from American Southwest

    Yep, I don't know what's going on with kids these days; they don't want to sit still and hear my stories of why we call it "dialing" and what a broken record sounds like.

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    Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    Jeanie you have done it again .. I adore your sense of humor.

    I could identify with several .. lost count for the laughing. Been having a not so good week and really needed a laugh!! Thanks for a happier Wednesday!

    Voted up!!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... congrats on being an adult! :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

    I have all but 3 of them... lol!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    lambservant, you are so right! I love eating dessert before dinner or as dinner whenever I want. That is the best part of being grownup! Thanks for your comment.

    KathyH, I am happy you enjoyed it. And congrats on not being an adult yet... it is way more fun that way. Thanks for the vote up!

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    KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Oh geez... I'm over 50 and still not one yet. Thanks for the great laughs! :) Voted up and more!

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    Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    # 8 was my favorite. Funny stuff as always. I knew I was an adult when I got to eat dessert before dinner and no on told me I couldn't.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    stclairjack - Thank you so much!

    Alecia Murphy - Sometimes the clothes are too young, but it is hard to focus with the blaring loud music. Oh, and it is so dark in Hollister, too. My friend says she is scared she'll get mugged in there one day. She says it is so dark and no one will hear you scream. Hehe. I stay out of there! Thanks for your comment!

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    Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I think I've veered into #11 territory more often than not. But to be honest it wasn't the music, I thought the clothes were too young.

    Funny stuff as usual :).

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    stclairjack 4 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

    voted up and shared to FB!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you! I actually tell that story to kids now. They are pretty mortified to learn of a time before remote controls. :-)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    #8 had me howling! Great list, Jeannie.