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I had to go to a funeral on my 18th birthday which was last september...
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-Elo- wrote:

I finally turned 18 yesterday. It wasn't anything completely out of the ordinary. I went to New York City and Olive Garden. Overall, I had a pretty sweet birthday. Although it was too expensive for my taste.
In the recent years I didn't feel much older when it was my birthday. However I'm an adult now thus I feel as if I'm actually 18.

For those who are 18 and above.
What was your 18th birthday like?
How long did it take for you to acknowledge you're an adult now?

For those under 18.
What do you think your 18th birthday will be like?

For all.
Will/Did you move out immediately?
Will/Did you have to act more mature or you already are?


Happy Birthday

That was so long ago that I cant remember exactly what I did if anything. Your 21st will be the one you remember and your 40th will be the one you fear.
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I turned 18 back in February, just starting my second semester as a college freshman.

My 18th birthday wasn't anything special. The rest of the family were away so it was just myself in the house all day. I really didn't think of "being an adult" at that point because nothing felt "different".


Will I move out immediately? As soon as I have saved enough, yes.
Posted 3/30/13
It sucked. I ended up babysitting my sister(4 at the time). Got in a fight with my at the time bf. all my birthdays suck. My 22nd birthday was the worst. When you get older, no one tends to pay attention to when your bday is. My mom even forgot it was my birthday.
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Happy Birthday! Man, you're too young to be having a mid-life crisis already! Save that for when you turn 40, as another poster mentioned! It'll be waiting for you...

I don't really recall much of anything about my 18th birthday, which passed when I was in university. I may have gone out to some restaurant with friends as quite a few places gave a free entrée on one's birthday (just show your driver's license), but that was probably it. As others have mentioned, adulthood isn't an age (not talking about legal definitions here), as if one day you're a child, and the next day suddenly you're an adult-- it's more a mindset and state of being, as well as a societal role. You transition into it. That said, I'd say it's never too soon to transition into it if you're ready for it. The cult of youth and endless adolescence is a liability to this society (USA), in my opinion, rather than an asset. Despite what you may hear or even believe, being an adult is not about being out of touch and unable to have fun. My own childhood and youth was fun, but even if given a wish, I wouldn't go back. I'm much more fulfilled now as an adult than when I was a kid or even "young adult"-- and that's despite (and perhaps even due to) the increase in responsibility. I also have a lot more money with which to have fun! When you've had your fill of goofing around and playing and taking, and ready to take responsibility, give back to society and contribute, then I'd say you're ready to become an adult.
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Posted 3/30/13
I can wait until I turn 18... I don't want to grow up. Too bad I'm almost there.
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My birthdays are always low points for me, that and new years. "What have I accomplished this past year" seems to take over the bulk of my thoughs on those days. I spent my 18th birthday doing what I do every day, except. . .no i dont even think there was cake.
I still cant consider myself an adult because I am living with my parents as I go to shcool and have minimal responsibilities.
Honestly the thing I was most excited about was getting a checking account so I could buy things off the internet with my own debit card.

I do not plan to move out because I am a student with no job.
I was always more mature than my age would suggest. Probably because I don't understand todays teenagers what with their constant need to inform people of their actions, texting acronyms, and loud music.

I hope my 21st is as uneventful but I'm sure people will try to drag me out to some seedy bar and try to get me intoxicated.
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Posted 3/31/13
i turned 18 about 11 days ago and i just had this urge to blow off dinner with my family and go to the a strip club with my friends,didn't though unfortunately
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Posted 3/31/13

darkwulfshade wrote:

At 18 you aren't really an adult. You are a pseudo-adult at best.
At 21 you are considered an adult by the masses, but even then you are still young.
It isn't until around your mid-20s, after the glow of legally drinking wears off and you finish whatever schooling you had are you really an adult.
Don't rush to be one. It sucks.

My 18th birthday was lack-luster because it occurred during the massive multi-state blackout in August, 2003.
There was no party, no grand dinner, just a hot boring day without electricity.
I already covered my view on adulthood above.

I didn't move out until a bit after I turned 22. I lived rent free, so why bother? At least that was my thought process at the time.
You can't stay forever young, but you can be immature forever.
Age is essentially just a number, perhaps an experience level if you are into rpgs.
People might expect more from you, but it is up to you to develop or not.


^This. I agree with what he said. I really don't remember my 18th birthday ( that was long ago). I moved out when I was 21.
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Posted 3/31/13
I went camping on the beach when I turned 18.

..........Wait, I'm an adult?

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Posted 3/31/13
Well I am obviously not 18 yet through I act way older that those perceive me to be and I do not think there will be to much of a difference when I do come to that age, though I predict it will be a enjoyable summer when I first turn 18 because my birthday is at the beginning of it.
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Okay Im 22 and Im just my self. Yes there is a time when you need to act marture and think about things in a mature way when needed. When I turned 18 I felt like I needed a job, needed to move out and needed to get married lol. But now that Im 22 I think back on it and don't understand what the hell I was thinking. So now I just be myself and do things my way and act grown at the same time. lol. Anyways yes its always good to think about them things when you become an adult age but you are 18 enjoy it. Oh yeah and having a job is a good idea.
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Posted 3/31/13
Well I'll be 18 in 4 months so I really looking forward to it. I can count that I'll get something special for my birthday from my grandpa and grandma. I think that the party won't be anything special. There'll my extended family but that's all I can imagine because I think it's going to be surprise though
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Posted 3/31/13
I didn't feel any different when I turned 18... Now I'm almost 19. I still feel like an adolescent, nervous wreck.
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Posted 3/31/13 , edited 3/31/13
When I turned 18, my parents took me to a sushi restaurant. That's all. I don't celebrate my birthday because I don't care about it. Moving out soon when I'm in college. Soon.
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