Thread: Do you ever stop and wonder when the hell you became an adult?

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    • 7 years 5 months ago
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    Sometimes it just hits me... I'm an adult. The other day I was sitting in the front room and I looked around and saw my son playing and my daughter sleeping, and was like "damn..I'm a dad, husband. I have a full time job and bills, what the hell happened?". Granted Ive been an adult for a while now but I never really stopped to think about it, I was just living my life. But then there are those times when I look around and just think about how far Ive come in life. Do you guys ever get this way?
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      The first time I had to dig my car out of snow to go to a boring job that didn't pay enough, that I had to take it because I had bills to pay.
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        I'm 21 but still feel like I'm 16. I may not feel ike an adult but on rare occasions I feel old. Like when talking to kids at my work, they don't remember any of the cartoons and tv shows I talk about.
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          Yes I do.

          I'm 35 and am just now really starting to feel like an adult. Maybe its from lifting weights, but I feel really masculine and confident.

          I find myself feeling like I'm in control of things. I don't let people intimidate or talk down on me. When people become belligerent towards me I can now handle them without becoming confrontational. In other words I handle it like a man and not an immature kid.

          I used to be shy around girls and I can talk to them without a problem now.

          I used to feel awkward around little kids. Now I find myself being able to talk to them and get respect from them.

          I'm also starting to look older and losing the baby face I've always had.

          So yea it just sort of snuck up on me, but deep inside I'm still the same person I was when I was 12. Just bigger, older, stronger and wiser.
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            For me, I think it was the first time someone called me "Mr." because I was so used to people calling me by my first name and at the time it felt kinda awkward.
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              Everyone reaches adulthood at different times. Some a lot earlier than others.

              I was an adult for awhile, then I sort of regressed. I'll get my chance again.
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                I feel this way quite often. I remember one of the first was when I had a job at the local grocery store the summer after highschool. I realized that the summers would no longer be lazy and fun and it often meant missing out on things like the fourth of july parades or the fire works or BOTH depending on my shift.

                Then working a job during the winter was a new one as well because in the adult world if it snows you don't get a snow day from work.


                When I was younger I hate hate hated it when my mom cried over stupid things like 8th grade graduation, highschool graduation, etc. Now that I have a 7 year old I cried his first day of pre-k, I cried his LAST day of kindergarden, I worry my stomach in knots when he has a bad day of school, etc. When he gets on the school bus each day it amazes me that i'm old enough (31) that it's no longer ME fighting the nervousness/anxiety of another day at school and climbing onto those bus steps, it's my son. Sometimes I still feel like it's ME though, if that makes sense. I feel like when he starts jr high all the memories of how sucky my 7th grade experience was will come back to me and it'll be like _I_'m starting all over again with how nervous i'll be for him.

                When I reconnected with a girl from highschool on facebook and she said we should go out for "cocktails" if i'm ever in the neighborhood. Cocktails? When did THAT happen??

                Haha this one's pretty silly and funny, but realizing that, unless we have another child (we haven't decided that yet. My son is 7 and we're pretty comfortable with where we are at now but sometimes we think about it) once my son stops believing in Santa, Santa will be gone from my life forever hahaha. Also, once you reach adulthood, at least for me, you start buying more presents and getting less presents. (unless your a part of this forum. har har. Just kidding )


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                  • 7 years 5 months ago
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                  There are times when I think about it. There are other times when I think about how much I'm stuck in the past.
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                    Quote by Alyssa_Branen
                    I feel this way quite often. I remember one of the first was when I had a job at the local grocery store the summer after highschool. I realized that the summers would no longer be lazy and fun and it often meant missing out on things like the fourth of july parades or the fire works or BOTH depending on my shift.

                    Then working a job during the winter was a new one as well because in the adult world if it snows you don't get a snow day from work.

                    I'm actually in that same situation right now. I graduated in 2008 and have been working at a large grocery store. I HATE missing out on all those things! No Christmas vacation is one of the worst parts, I usually just get the 25th and 26th off. When in school, Christmas vacation felt like a month off. Summers are terrible too, I try to get a lot of time off in the Summer. I took off 4 weeks this year lol. And I also took off Halloween and the day after. So I still have SOME childhood fun and nostalgia in my life.
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                      I'm in such a weird place right now. I get weirded out when I remember that I'm married. And have a house. Married more so than the house. But I'm at the age where I have older and younger friends ranging from college-aged to young married couples with kids. It's a weird dynamic when I think about it, but we all just kinda go along with it, working around everyone's different schedules.

                      I totally know that confident feeling that I haven't had before now. Haven't mastered it yet, but it's helped me with my current job.

                      Everything kinda happened gradually, even though it was faster than most people go through the process, so it's hard to pinpoint a moment. I think when I have kids and have to start taking care of my parents it will hit me. For now I have my new flexible job, go out with friends for happy hour and mess around on weekends. And clean. Lots and lots of cleaning.
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                        I like being an adult and would never go back to being a kid. I enjoy my freedom and having money to buy what ever I want.
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                          • 7 years 4 months ago
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                          Quote by bassman21
                          I like being an adult and would never go back to being a kid. I enjoy my freedom and having money to buy what ever I want.


                          I'd for sure never go back either. I can't imagine living through jr high again
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                            I'm not sure when it happened, but one day, I just started making the same noises that "old" men make when they stand up or sit down. I also tend to have a lot less energy than I used to. And every now and then, I get the urge to yell at little kids to slow down get out of my yard. But I'm not exactly old, am I? I'm only 31 !
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                              im not sure when i actually became an adult but it happened. id never thought about it and then one day it hit me like a truck with no breaks. a couple years ago i was riding my bike (20" BMX) and i passed about a 4 year old girl and her dad. the dad was probably about 30. and the girl asked her dad "why is that man ridding a kids bike". and i about crashed the bike. i went from feeling 17 to being 26 and feeling like my mental had just been kicked in the nuts.
                              it got worse as i rode down the street. i realized that im about the same age that guy was when that kid was born. at which point the metaphorical truck threw it into reverse and hit me again. i realized that some of my friends have kids. some of my friends are married. some of my friends own houses. wait a second, holy crap im an adult!

                              im still not sure when or how it happened, but yeah, i guess im an adult. kinda pisses me off, i don't like being called Sir or Mr.

                              iv also noticed that i hate teenagers. i find myself wanting to yell at them and smack some sense into them. because there is no way i was that stupid and acted that idiotic when i was a kid. ...oh crap.
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                                Quote by bassman21
                                I'm 35 and am just now really starting to feel like an adult. Maybe its from lifting weights, but I feel really masculine and confident.


                                American Beauty comes to mind. Just saying...
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                                  Quote by Dyzfunk7ional
                                  Quote by bassman21
                                  I'm 35 and am just now really starting to feel like an adult. Maybe its from lifting weights, but I feel really masculine and confident.


                                  American Beauty comes to mind. Just saying...


                                  No
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                                    Quote by bassman21
                                    Quote by Dyzfunk7ional
                                    Quote by bassman21
                                    I'm 35 and am just now really starting to feel like an adult. Maybe its from lifting weights, but I feel really masculine and confident.


                                    American Beauty comes to mind. Just saying...


                                    No




                                    Really?
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                                        I'm only 21 and I already hate teenagers or "modern kids" as I like to call them. I've been called old by 15 year olds who have enver heard of captain america, the ramones, beast wars, or count chocula. fuck them!
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                                          Probably when I started talking about my glory days of High School football and realized that no one really cares b/c they were in elementary school when I was playing...
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