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Eighteen - A New Freedom

Updated on May 9, 2014

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

A World of Freedoms

And so you’ve turned eighteen! Do you notice the difference between today and yesterday? Choose wisely, because now you can:
Open bank accounts
Apply for credit
Vote
Seek your own medical treatment
Get a tattoo
Stay out late
You still can’t rent a car, but you can buy one
Live on your own
Change your name
Travel without being a run a way
Have your own cell phone account



Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Oh, the wonderful freedom you have.
“You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.” ―

Freedom But Not Free

And so you’ve turned eighteen! Do you notice the difference between today and yesterday? Oh, the freedom of being an adult.

But, freedom isn’t given without greater responsibilities or consequences.
Choose wisely, because now you May:

Be sued
Stand trial as an adult
Be held to leases
Be denied parental insurance coverage
Feel alone in making life-sized decisions
Work longer and harder
Face greater financial restraints
Accept/tolerate co- workers, associates and leaders

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

“You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.”

No Matter Where You Go

Eighteen (and long after)doesn’t free you from being someone’s granddaughter, daughter, niece, cousin or friend.
And, there is great power in seeking their hand.
I can’t let go only loosen the grip
So fly in the sky and know where you can land.

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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So much responsibility for young shoulders!

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Great advice, and put so very well!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You can go to prison for any serious crime. You can literally sign loan documents for 100 thousand dollars that you cannot even discharge in bankruptcy. Great article here thank you.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Turning eighteen, what a moment. So much to offer and so much to beware of. I like the Dr Suess touches.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You not only can, but you must, register with Selective Service, if you are a male, thus making yourself potentially subject to being drafted into the U. S. military. Good thoughts here.