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    Default What age/stage in life do you consider adulthood?

    When, if ever, do people reach a point in their life that they can definitively say that they have reached adulthood? Also, how do you define adulthood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freesia View Post
    When, if ever, do people reach a point in their life that they can definitively say that they have reached adulthood? Also, how do you define adulthood?
    Yeah, it depends on what you mean by "adulthood." Physical/sexual maturity is achieved within a certain time frame, but emotional maturity - there's a much larger range there.

    In my observation of others, I find that a lot of people, especially women, look back on their lives and think that becoming a parent was that definitive point in their life. This is just the info I've gotten by asking around, though. I think it's because that's the point when people finally have to start considering one or more persons' needs as much as their own and take a more...a less individualistic worldview, shall we say?

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    well, yes, you can also reach maturity in some areas of life and be devoid in other areas.

    Overally, I see life as a continual growing process until death itself, we hopefully never stop changing and expanding and learning and encompassing and listening. At the same time, there's probably some "minimum bar" we cross where we're capable of at least meeting various challenges that have been deemed the province of adulthood as a category.

    (As a similar example, you can go to a college and get a degree and be qualified for a particular job -- that would be a similar "minimum bar" -- but you continue to increase your competence and understanding long after that point.)

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    I consider the 20's adulthood, I don't feel like an adult at all yet, even though I legally am.
    I really hope I do by the time I am in my 20's.

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    When you are mostly self-sufficient, I guess. Though, your environment can screw with that.

    I've been a parent since I was almost twenty-three, so I had to do some growing up pretty quick in some ways when I wouldn't have otherwise. I don't really like being responsible, but the consequences of being irresponsible suck when the buck stops with you and it's worse watching your kids suffer for it. Some stuff, though, I do just enough to get by or not have the city called out on me.

    For just an arbitrary number, I'd say 25? But it's hard to find good jobs right now, so that throws things off.
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    That stage when you are able to fully take care of yourself, and deal with the consequences of your actions on you own (you know, without bothering your parents or something).

    About age, it varies a lot. But I can say the things I said above are most likely to happen when you're 25+ (on average).

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    When you lose the magic you cease being a kid. Age means nothing.

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    In the U.S., I tend to say around 26. It's when you've been out of school for a while, have a job and realize for the first time that this is the rest of your life, forever and ever.

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