20 Indicators That You’ve Truly Become An Adult

5/28/14 4:48PM EST

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Universal Pictures/Ted

At some point in life, every person begins to complain that they’re getting old. Though this may seem crazy to, well, actual old people, this time period marks the beginning of a lot of significant changes in a relatively young person’s life. They’re living on their own, supporting themselves (hopefully) and getting acquainted with all of the trappings that come with such newfound independence and serious responsibility. These trappings serve as a rite of passage, and any of them will indicate to you that you have entered the universe of adulthood. You deserve hearty congratulations if you can identify with any of the following conditions of maturity.

1. Your Hangovers Are A Whole Lot Worse

Casually downing a few beers will no longer lead to a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning. Just three alcoholic beverages will result in pounding headaches, an upset stomach and the inability to move anywhere other than the path between your bed and the toilet for at least an hour the next morning.

2. You Pay Taxes

Not only that, but you’ve learned exactly how to calculate your government dues. Congratulations!

3. You’ve Gone From Asking, “What Drugs Will I Do At That Party?” To “Will I Do Drugs At That Party?”

…to “Will I go to that party at all?” to finally, “What party?”

4. You Appreciate What Your Parents Have Done For You

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And you actually tell them!

5. Walking Upstairs Is Exhausting

Going down hurts your knees.

6. Everyone You Know Is Part Of A Couple

And some of those couples are married.

7. You Get Invited To Brunch

Young people don’t “have brunch” together. They eat a meal at some point during the day and don’t bother giving it a name.

8. You Don’t See Your Friends As Much

… because…

9. You’re Too Exhausted After Work Every Day To Do Anything

Cooking your own dinner is hard enough after having maintained (relative) alertness for the past eight hours. Forget going out for drinks with the people you like.

10. You Can Announce To A Room Full of People That You’re Going To Get A Pet And Nobody Cringes

They believe you are in fact responsible enough to care for two creatures’ lives: yours and the dog’s. That is an accomplishment.

11. You’ve Started Looking At Other People’s Babies Differently

Because you’re beginning to conceive of what it would be like to have one of your own.

12. Your Friends Compare 401k Plans

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And you chime right in.

13. Commercials Make You Cry

It’s called nostalgia for things you cannot understand, and it’s totally normal.

14. You See Your Favorite TV Show More Than Your Best Friend

You also know just as many of its secrets.

15. Cashiers Refer To You As Ma’am Or Sir

And you hardly have to fight the urge to correct them.

16. You Know What You’re Doing At 7 P.M. On Monday A Month From Now

It’s hard fitting in plans around work, dinner invitations sent out in advance to avoid conflicts, and, of course…

17. Doctor Appointments

You have them more because…

18. Parts Of You Are Starting To Not Work So Well

Between your increased glasses prescription and the way your ankle keeps on popping out of its socket when you run, the old grey mare just ain’t what she used to be.

19. You Give People Dirty Looks When They Don’t Wear Their Seatbelts

Who would gamble with their lives like that? We’re not invincible teenagers anymore.

20. Your Parents Expect You To Take Care Of Them

At least, you’re already receiving threats about what they’ll do to you from inside the walls of whatever nursing home you put them in. Tread carefully here, and remember that if you feel like an adult now, you’ll really feel like it when your kids start extolling the virtues of Sunny Brook Assisted Living 40-odd years in the future.

 
13 comments
MikeJohnson8
MikeJohnson8

But Sikorsky, Pratt and EB employment are dwindling here.  Replace with Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun.

MikeJohnson8
MikeJohnson8

Ocean Beach is pretty good, especially if you like to play volleyball.  Misquamicut is the real beach.

Peter Haney
Peter Haney

The women can be most difficult to approach, date, and live with.

DanHager
DanHager

3,6,8,9,11, and 14 are true of me.

My mother, father, grandfather, and I, worked at Sikorsky at one point in our lives.

After prom, my date took me to a party in the woods, but I've never been much for that kind of thing.

My girlfriend lives in Torrington across from an old folks home and a drug den, and Waterbury was the closest city to me growing up.

Actually finding someone I knew wasn't as common as you'd think, but did happen.

I enjoy the aquarium, a lot more as an adult then when I was a kid. Damn belugas would always sneak up behind me and jump scare me as a kid.

Quassy was the closest amusement park, but I also remember Lake Compounce. Now I'm in reasonable proximity to go to Six Flags GA if I feel like it, back home the nearest Six Flags was a 2 1/2 hr drive into MA.

15...well, I kinda knew that. Chick-Fil-A are about as common in GA as D&D were in CT.

Laura Vitorio
Laura Vitorio

Not to mention highest taxes in the nation, and high prices! My husband and I moved here due to jobs from the Midwest. Big disappointment!  Drivers are much better and more courteous in other states I've been in! Speeding, tailgaiting, lack of signal use, hanging in the left lane. Shall I go on? People in general are just rude. And I am very tired of  UCONN!!  Beaches? You're kidding, right??  Can't wait to leave. 

Buster_Maloney
Buster_Maloney

Usually these CT Lists are pretty terrible, I have to say though, a lot of this list is pretty on point for me.

SteveSirica
SteveSirica

In Hartford county try finding someone who doesn't or hasn't worked in the insurance industry(Cigna, Aetna, The Hartford or United)...If you do they are probably from another part of the state.  

MitchTownsend
MitchTownsend

#8: You left out Winsted. 

Also: grinders, the Green Lady (Canton, Burlington), Mucke's hot dogs, calling someone a "raggy," fireworks at Ocean Beach, and hot lobster rolls with butter (not cold with mayo -- ugh).

TracyRowe
TracyRowe

um...I live in Torrington and it's a pretty nice place to live. You can't even begin to compare it to Waterbury and Bridgeport.

MargaretOKyttle
MargaretOKyttle

When it comes to employment in Connecticut. They forgot to mention they know someone who has worked for Electric Boat too. :)

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