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    I don't feel like an adult because I haven't achieved anything that makes me feel like my life has progressed.

    I don't know what it is I do feel like, though. Certainly not a child or a teenager.
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    I think I'll always be a kid at heart--but I don't miss being a child. I like being an adult, and doing things in an adult way.

    I do work, pay my bills, and function in society.. I'm not a kid anymore in that sense, and I don't suppose I ever will be again. I'm okay with this.
    But as far as 'growing up' in the way I enjoy things, act during my personal time, etc? I see no reason to. I'm an adult, I do what I want. XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    wow, for someone who's so confident they're an adult you sure are butt hurt.
    Where did I ever say that I was an adult? Much less that I'm confident of my own adulthood? I merely made the distinction between definition of "adulthood" by public perception, by material possessions/career path and the "inner" me as perceived by myself. I am not sure why you are attacking me.

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    One of the first things I learned about being "grown up" when I was a child was that everyone has a different idea of what that means. The definition of maturity that I've found to be true is that you have "grown up" past a difficult area of your life when you are able to talk about it openly and honestly with people you don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsequitur View Post
    Where did I ever say that I was an adult? Much less that I'm confident of my own adulthood? I merely made the distinction between definition of "adulthood" by public perception, by material possessions/career path and the "inner" me as perceived by myself. I am not sure why you are attacking me.

    I'm not attacking you. you're the one being defensive
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I think I'll always be a kid at heart--but I don't miss being a child. I like being an adult, and doing things in an adult way.

    I do work, pay my bills, and function in society.. I'm not a kid anymore in that sense, and I don't suppose I ever will be again. I'm okay with this.
    But as far as 'growing up' in the way I enjoy things, act during my personal time, etc? I see no reason to. I'm an adult, I do what I want. XD
    Yeah this is pretty much how I feel! Still enjoy fun things, being goofy, etc, but I just have some responsibilities for myself and others now, that's all.
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    I'm 32. I do feel like an adult, but I'm not sure when that started. Probably nebulously somewhere in my mid-late twenties.

    But I'd like to think I'm childlike in some ways at least: I like having silly but strangely serious crushes (dead poets and actors who play Sherlock Holmes are a must), I love children's books and escapist fantasy (at least if it's well written), and I can run around squee-ing like a total fan girl if I'm at a rock concert, confronted with a favourite writer, or something similar. Weird sense of humour also a must. In those respects I have changed almost not at all since I was 14 or so. I'm actually more relaxed and have more sense of fun, in some ways, than in my teens - I took everything soooo seriously then.

    I think I'm an adult but I'm not boring. What I do find difficult is that I thought I'd have more figured out and be more at peace with myself by now. I do understand myself better but I also seem to find more flaws and more pitfalls for interactions with others.

    I'm probably an old soul in some ways and young at heart in others. People do tend to think I'm older, which is irritating. I'm very tall so it was understandable when I was a tall 14 year old or whatever, but in my thirties?? I've noticed it's an assumption people make though - if you're shorter you must be younger and older if taller, though I'm plainly past the age when I've stopped growing. I dress young-ish (probably more so than when I was younger, as I live in a fashion conscious city) and can get away with that due to being slim, so I don't think I look older than my age. I probably look my age give or take two or three years. But I think I also express myself with a certain formality and gravitas (seriously) and people attribute that to being older.

    It's a mixed bag, being adult. I'd not really want to go through all the confusion of teens and twenties again, but the thirties are proving difficult too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I'm not attacking you. you're the one being defensive
    I doubt so, I'm not a particularly sensitive or defensive person. Perhaps I should create a poll.

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    In the novel Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood wrote

    The quote seems to resonate with many, many people. Me included



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    In the novel Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood wrote
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    The quote seems to resonate with many, many people. Me included
    Yes, I experienced that too.

    I actually think in some ways I was not an adult, because it took me until my 30's to realize I was still doing (or not doing) a lot of things in order to keep the respect of my parents and their peers. Once I finally started making decisions for my life based on what was best for me, regardless of what my elders thought, then I truly began to feel like an adult. But it wasn't easy; I lost some of their respect, yet I gained self-respect.
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