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The blood-chilling day you get excited over a new vacuum cleaner? For many of us, the traditional markers of adulthood our parents experienced seem entirely out of reach. Owning a house, having a stable job, getting married, having kids — all that is happening later in life, extending our adolescence — or the feeling of adolescence, at least — far beyond our teens.
If you're waiting for a certificate from the government that says, "Congratulations: You are officially an adult," we are sorry to tell you that you will be waiting forever. But fear not: There are plenty of ways to know if you're a real, live adult — beyond the fact that you've stopped growing and found a gray hair on your head. We've rounded up 19 non-obvious signs that you're no longer a kid, based on the Quora thread " What are some of the most useful skills to know?
By all accounts, I am a full-fledged adult. I was born something years ago. My kids gape at me when I tell them I was born before the internet and can remember when we had to stay tethered to the wall while talking on the phone.
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You may be well on your way to becoming a responsible adult. Over the past few years, the word "adulting" has become a popular way to describe the process of growing up and learning how to be independent. Some big-picture concepts or responsibilities you might associate with adulthood include paying the billsfinding a career pathand figuring out your purpose in life.
Adulthood is fully ingrained in you when you have a daily responsibility for someone or something else. Skip navigation! Story from News.
Some characters are Older Than They Look much older, even. Some, meanwhile, are younger. Maybe they're robotsclonessome other kind of artificial constructor just unhealthy. Maybe there's a superficial reason, such as a curse.
In an age when the line between childhood and adulthood is blurrier than ever, what is it that makes people grown up? He may have floundered during young adulthood, but Henry David Thoreau turned out pretty okay. The buddy he crashed with, for the record, was Ralph Waldo Emerson.