OMG, Aaron did it again. What did he do? Well you know how someone will say something and it will then make you think of something else, which will then make you thoughts go on to something else, well….Go check out his latest “question” post and find out what “hot issue” that started my snowball effect thinking this week. https://confusingmiddle.com/2020/09/26/question-of-the-week-246/
Personally I got married when I was 17 and still in high school. I had my first child when I was 18, entered college when I was almost 21 and didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 27. Now was I an adult at 17? Was I an adult at 27? I am now in my 50’s and I still have many days when I don’t act or feel like an adult.
Legally for most things, you are an adult when you reach your 18th birthday. You can vote, join the military, buy a car, rent a house among other things. So if you are considered grown up enough to put your own life on the line and join the military and defend your country then you should be considered an adult for everything.
But what does “being an adult” mean?
Maybe my way of thinking is a bit off, maybe a bit old-fashioned. But one thing I believe is that adults pay their own bills. Adults don’t go running home to mommy & daddy for money for rent, or money to pay their car bill and they should not run to them to get into college. Are your parents running to your grandparents ( or great-grandparents) for those things now? Hopefully not because they have their own bill’s to pay. If you are old enough to make the bill then you should be adult enough to pay the bill.
As a kid, I couldn’t wait to become an adult. In my childish mind I saw adulthood as being able to do whatever I wanted. Adults could stay up as late as they wanted, eat a whole box of crappy donuts with coffee for breakfast if they desired, drive all over town without asking permission to go somewhere,
I have a younger brother who graduated high school soon after his 17th birthday and then joined the Air Force 3-4 months later. I would say that he is a “Type- A” person, while I am a “Type- B” person. He believes that everyone needs a 5 or 10 year plan for life and I can’t usual plan out what I want to do 5 months from now. I used to joke around saying that he was like a race horse with those eye blinders on. All he could see was whatever goal that he was trying to achieve..and nothing around him could distract him from getting there. While I get distracted from everything. Who makes a better adult, the “Type-A” or Type-B” personality???
My brother retired from the military after 25 years, with two master degrees and a double PHD. He did all his education while he was in the military and now that he is no longer in active duty, he teaches for an online military university. I personally doubt that I will ever finish one degree.
There have been many times in my life that I wish that I could be more like my younger brother.