"Adult" is a title that is EARNED

One of the most common misconceptions in our somewhat screwed up society, is that there is a magic number that makes someone an adult. Even more absurd than that, is the notion that certain life changing events makes one an adult. Getting married, having children, being of legal age to consume alcohol…none of these constitutes adulthood. At least, not in my book.

 

I did a lot of thinking when I got this writing prompt in my email. I thought about sharing the story of how I found out I was pregnant…but then I realized that thanks to shows like Teen Mom and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, becoming a parent does not necessarily warrant the title of adult. Then I thought about my wedding day. However,considering that I know far too many “children” who feel the need to go and swap vows with someone because they are ‘in love’ only to end up divorced six months later; I figured that idea wouldn’t really fit either. And the more I thought about those two life-changing events in my own life, the more I realized that I was an adult way before I ever became a Mrs. or a mommy.

 

I think I entered the realm of adult hood a few months shy of my 17 birthday. While I had had to deal with adult circumstances many, many years before then, it wasn’t until that pivotal summer before my Senior Year of High School that adulthood was thrust upon me.

 

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