At what age did you....?

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United States
May 6, 2008 6:24pm CST
At what age did you feel you finally "grew up"? Do you consider yourself "grown up" yet? Why or why not? What does growing up mean to you?
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@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
6 May 08
I DONT WANT TO GROW UP AND YOU CANT MAKE ME. I will be a kid forever even when im 80. I mean I have responsibilities but I still have fun and dont worry too much or at least I try.
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• United States
6 May 08
Sounds good :) Earlier today I just realized how much I have matured over the past few years, or even just the past year. I don't ever want to grow up, either. I think it's the root of unhappiness.
• United States
7 May 08
I agree and thanks for the best response. Time to go play some video games to stay childish for life.
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@Jemina (5779)
8 May 08
I like your answer, Minnie. We can't really tell the time and age when one becomes mature. For me, there are still immaturities in me and I'm taking it easy. We can't dictate that part of ourselves to mature overnight. I think when we get enough lessons then we become mature.
@healwell (1268)
• Ahmedabad, India
7 May 08
Wooitsmolly, you have taken up a nice point! I think that mostly 'I am growing still!' is the most wonderful thing for me! I prefer to be constant learner because there is learning in each moment! It is an irony that some rare moment we come to know that I have to learn this and that yet! One has to understand that age has nothing to do with growth in real sense! We have not only body but have vitality, emotions, mind, and intelligence! All such are constant in the process of becoming more aware and good learner too! As a human being our real growth starts when we realize that growth is expanding and exploring one’s own self by living moment to moment! I hope that I made thing clear as per my point of view, right?!
• United States
7 May 08
Yes!
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
7 May 08
Well, I guess I will let you know when I reach that age. There are some thing I have grown up about, and some things I can be sort of childish about. So in answer to your question, I guess its according to the situation, and how I feel about something.
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
7 May 08
i do not consider myself "grown up" because it never ends. we never stop growing up because we keep on learning new things about ourselves. we may have learned our lessons and this are steps to make us grow up more to be a better person and wiser human being. this is what growing up is to me.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
7 May 08
In some ways I have always felt like a grown up. I was an only child who really did not have very many playmates or neighbors. I was always around my parents so I felt like I was an adult. I guess I was "an old soul" from the start. I do remember wishing to be 16 or 21. Then I remember a teacher of my being asked if she would like to be a teen again and her words stuck with me for years. She said she always found something to like about each year. Sometimes though I wish I did not have to have all the responsibility of an adult. My dogs sure have a good life! LOL!
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
7 May 08
Hhhmm well I started to grow up long before I was technically an adult...In fact I was a newly turned teenager when I mentally started becoming an adult..Being on my own since 13 I had to do all the "grown up" stuff in order to survive ya know..I didnt have parents taking care of me, feeding me, clothing me etc etc.. What does growing up mean to me? Becoming responsible, taking care of yourself on all levels (mentally, finacially, etc) and so on..
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
7 May 08
I felt I finally grew up when I was 18. I left home just 3 months after turning 18, to join the Navy. I'm 31 now, and I have never moved back. From there, I got married, had 2 kids, and moved over 6 times. Growing up, means being able to take care of yourself without any help all the time. Also being responsible for another life, while at the same time, making sure everything is taken care of.
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@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
7 May 08
Still working on growing for myself. Not sure if there's such a thing for anyone...
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 May 08
17 I was out on my own and making my own money . I was always serious about working but now am retired and I reallly dont like it but cant work now
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
7 May 08
I felt grown up at an early age. I was the third child of four. After never getting anything new (my older sister handed it down to me) in 7th grade I got my first job and by the end of the summer going into 8th grade...I had my first checking account. So I suppose right around then. I got tired of hearing that someone bigger then me needed it first..so I got that stuff I wanted by myself. And having a job makes you grow up in a hurry!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
7 May 08
I grew up at 21 when I had my child and I was married. I had to learn what responsibility was especially having another human being in my total care.
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• Philippines
7 May 08
I think until now I am matured and at the same time feeling young. Sometimes i acted immature over simple things like I did not get a copy of my favorite movie on a nearby Video rental. Sometimes i get so matured that i even give advice on my parents about life and I solved their problems by myself. I don't know where will be the time that i will grow up straight.
• United States
7 May 08
I feel that I really grew up the momment my son was born for I knew I had a big responability ahead of me I was 25. I then got my own place found a really good job and have been doing great ever since.
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@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
7 May 08
When I was 7, I wanted to be 16. When I was 16 I wanted to be 21. When I was 21, I heaved a Great sigh of relief, because I thought I was "Grown Up!" AT 30 I felt Old, and and 40 was depressing, because I thought I was " Too Old" and didn't have my House paid off, and had no money in the Bank, my wife was fat, and My kids Obstreperous! Now I'm almost 75, and life is a Blast. I don't care about Anything! Life is how you make it! If its not fun don't do it!
@dandj929 (424)
• United States
6 May 08
February 14, 2004 is the day that I "grew up". It is the day that I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. It's like a switch was flipped in my head and I was a grown up. Major reality check. I look at my daughter each and every day and think to myself how lucky I am to have her. She motivates me to be the best person I can be and keeps me so happy and full of life. I can't imagine my life without her.
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
4 Jun 08
We're supposed to grow up?
@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
3 Jun 08
I believe its important to never lose the child in your life. I'm 74 and still learning. I've learned much in my lifetime, but there is always more to learn. Yes, I'm mature but not too old to feel like a child, to be amazed, and excited at childish things. Life is just as you Make it. Relax and have fun!
@shaeyan (58)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
Grown up for me is the time when you decide for yourself and accept to yourself the results of your actions. I grew up when I started to live here in the city that means when I entered college (16 that time). But even though I grew up, I still do the things I grew up with.
• United States
24 May 08
I still don't feel grown up. But I think I staretd to get my life together at around age 29. Even though I'm a responsible adult now, I still don't feel like a grown up!
@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
24 May 08
Hi wooitsmolly, "Grown up" has a range of connotations, some physical, some intellectual, some emotional, some spiritual... A couple of good metrics to gauge the term are: 1. Having enough personal experience to be able to advise others on how to behave or what might be in their best interests. 2. Taking responsibility for one's circumstances and making independent decisions which are not contingent on the expectations of other people. I can't see myself ever being "grown up", because I'm like a big green grub growing on a cabbage. I just get bigger and bigger, but stay basically the same.