I've never been a spouse.
I've never been a parent.
Aren't those these the things that make us feel like adults? Marriage, children of your own? Maybe even purchasing a home or having your own business would work.
I am an adult, but certainly don't feel like one. I've known no other role for my life than that of being someone's child. I am a nurturer, a loyal friend, a devout manager/employee, a pet adopter, a condo-of-my-own dweller...and yet none of these things give me that, "I'm a grown up" feeling. Sometimes I even get that tickle inside that I'm playing house and fooling everyone.
Other singles out there - do you feel grown up?
Married friends - do you feel grown up?
When did this realization hit you?
I think the first moment I felt like an "adult" is when I traveled all on my own! I booked a flight, a rental car and got to my destination completely on my own. I'm married and have a baby now, and yes, it does help to feel like an adult.
The first time I decided I was an adult was when I got my own car insurance. I had already graduated college, moved out of my parent's house, and gotten a job with health insurance, but cutting that last childhood tie to my parents seemed like a really big milestone. I was independent at last!
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