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13 February 2002 @ 07:28 am
Question of the day...  
They say that a person makes the transition from childhood to adulthood sometime between 18 and 26 years of age. When was the first moment that you realized that you were an adult. If you aren't an adult yet, don't worry about it! You've got plenty of time! :-)

For me, I think it was sometime during army basic training. I was less that happy about my decision to join the army and realized that nobody was going to help me to get out of it! As it turned out, it was a very positive experience, but it was touch and go for a while there! :-)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
The Love Bugthelovebug on February 13th, 2002 05:41 am (UTC)
I think for me, my transition into adulthood happened when I realised I was still a child.

I would say that I was 22 at the time, and life wasn't going well for me.

<skips the sob story>

I believe that I actually "grew up" when I asked for help in getting out of the situation I was in. I kinda changed my attitude towards life at that point, you know? :-)
Garygdj on February 13th, 2002 06:53 am (UTC)
Yes, that makes sense to me. Realizing that we need help is often at least half of the battle!
Benjibenji on February 13th, 2002 08:20 am (UTC)
In that case I'm probably transitioning. I don't know which side of the fence I fall on but mentally I know I'm an adult and have to be responsible for myself etc etc. I just guess that I'm not liking the idea of having to do the work for a living thing... insomuch as I can't decide what I'm going to do with my life. In that aspect I feel like I'm still not quite there.

However I'd think one of the biggest things that turns a child to an adult is when they suddenly have their own children. I used to notice the difference between people I worked with who had children and people who didn't... It's gotta be a big step towards becoming a fully pledged adult.
Garygdj on February 13th, 2002 08:58 am (UTC)
Yes, kids of your own can serve as a "wake up call"! :-)

On the working for a living thing, I still don't like to do that, but it does get a bit easier as time goes by. :-) Doing something that you enjoy doing does help quite a bit!
qtlxstillthinking on February 13th, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
I don't know.. it just crept up on me... I think I fully realized it when I had a child and realized I gotta be a parent...
Garygdj on February 13th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
Yes, children do have a way of waking you up! No pun intended. :-) It's an awesome responsibility.
The Sims: hidingbrandibrandj on February 13th, 2002 10:42 am (UTC)
hmmm...i think i have two moments when i realized i was an adult.

the first:
looooong story short; my mom amd dad are divorced. she married this other guy...he was extremely abusive to her and me. for many years. 2 months after i turned 18, while no one was home, i grabbed what i could that was mine and left. and THANK GOD i got out of that situation. it was horrible. i used to have nightmares before i was saved...now i rarely think about it. i'll never fully get over all that, but God is helping me through it.
i realized that i *had* to be an adult...it was hard. i was staying at random friends' homes for a few months. i know now that God was getting me through that. i never went without a place to stay nor food to eat.

oh yeah, my mom finally got a divorce from that guy a few years ago.
keep her in your prayers though, cuz i'm pretty sure she needs the Lord.

the second:
it has to be having kids. that's prolly the main one.
nothing about having kids is easy. except loving them of course!
i really had to change. priorities had to be straigtened out. i had to be an adult.
but i would not go back and do things different.
i am so thankful for my kids and family.

Garygdj on February 13th, 2002 01:25 pm (UTC)
Family and kids do take a lot of time and energy, but I wouldn't change having them either, if I could. There are so many rewards that I wouldn't want to miss!
Fezziwig Fandangobandicoot on February 13th, 2002 11:10 am (UTC)
My senior year of high school, I worked in a grocery store after school and on Saturdays. I'd also come in at night to help when the owner did the floors. While we waited for the floors to dry so we could wax them, he went to the meat case and got out some pepperoni and asked if I wanted some. I'd never had any but I said yes. Then he went to the beer case and asked if I wanted a beer. Which I also accepted. So we sat and ate pepperoni and drank beer. No big deal. Just two guys. I felt very accepted ;)
Patriotpatriot on February 13th, 2002 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm an adult now? :)

That is a great question and one that each of us should take time out to ponder on as is obvious from the different replies several people did. For me, I thought I was an adult when I was 15 as I am sure each one of us did........ I'm going to finish this later. God has just placed someone online and told me to share the gospel. PLEASE PRAY!
Garygdj on February 14th, 2002 04:23 am (UTC)
Yes, I was surprised at how good the response was to this question. I'll look forward to your answer Audis and pray that your online contact has an had an ear to hear!
Patriot: 2end Flagpatriot on February 14th, 2002 04:35 am (UTC)
When did I first realize that I was an adult? I've known for a long time that I was an adult but in my mind the question is carried out one more step to include when did I realize what it meant to be an adult? With that in mind than one could say that they don't fully realize that they are an adult until they understand what it means. That came rather late in life for me. To me in part, one doesn't fully understand what it means to be an adult until they reach a point in life that they know that they must take someone else into consideration with what they do and the decisions that they make. For me that came after salvation. I guess it wasn't until after my rebirth and growth in my new life that I truly grew up and became an adult. Through that experince God has been good to me and I realized what a great family that I have.
Garygdj on February 14th, 2002 07:41 am (UTC)
I met the Lord when I was about 17, so I hadn't become an adult in any way at that point. I guess in some ways, I had to grow up early, due to the abuse of my father and in some ways I probably have yet to grow up. :-) I didn't fully experience being a child, so I am enjoying it now. I do understand what you are saying and I am always thankful that the Lord has been with me for so many years.