Five Signs That You’re an Adult

by Lara on November 29, 2011


A frightening thought occurred to me this morning: I’m an adult.

Do you think this condition might be affecting you, too?  Here are some of the symptoms.

1.  You put up a Christmas tree, roast a turkey, or give out Halloween candy.  Any sign that you have responsibilities during the holidays which extend beyond sleeping in and wearing stretchy pants is an indicator of adult status.

2.  You have responsibility for another living being.  A baby, a dog, even a house plant–if one or more of these things depend on you for their livelihood, you are probably expected to behave like a grown up.

3.   You own a house.  Or you’re thinking of buying one.  If words are being thrown around like mortgage, interest rates, or down payments, beware: you’re about to settle into adulthood.

4.  You’ll complain to the manager, use coupons, or send back your steak.  A willingness to risk causing “a scene,” in the name of good service is a sure sign that you’ve matured past those self-conscious adolescent years.

5.  You find yourself thinking, “my parents were right.”  The day you acknowledge that your parents aren’t actually paranoid, out-of-touch, old farts is the day you really become an adult.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

laura November 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

love this post! i am having all of these moments and keep finding myself thinking that i don’t know when i became an adult. 🙂


glidingcalm November 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

Responsibilities *shudder*


Andrea@WellnessNotes November 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I think I have (supposedly) been an adult for far too long… 😉


Andrea of Care to Breed November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Oh sh!t. I’m guilty of all 5.


Katharine November 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I swear I said the exact same thing to my boyfriend the other day. As in, when the HECK did we get old enough to have friends who are having babies ON PURPOSE. Oh adulthood, such a sneaky one. I wonder if it ever starts to feel normal… My guess is, nope.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm



Lindsey Pitts November 30, 2011 at 9:10 am



Tamara November 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

The other week I had a mini-crisis when I heard a song on the radio during the “Retro Lunch Hour” that was not only written while I was alive, but I sang it on the swings at recess. My childhood only ended recently, how can it be “retro” already?!


Lara December 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Haha! A “mini-crisis”….I have those a lot 😉


Biz November 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

Loved this post Lara! I was a young parent compared to Hannah’s friends parents.

It’s funny but Hannah’s first Christmas she was nine months old (I was 24) I was wrapping her gifts and on the first to/from card I wrote: TO: Hannah FROM: Biz

I then looked at it and was like Wow – FROM: Mom! It was weird, but that’s the first time I felt like a grown up. 😀


Lara December 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That is such a cute story, Biz 😉


pure2raw twins November 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

oh yes I have that thought from time to time. thinking sometimes – wow I wish I was a kid again haha


Gillian November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

For myself I’d like to add: looking in the mirror and saying “I am my mom”. And adding pointing to my list of dance moves.

p.s CONGRATS on the business!!!! So exciting! You are going to rock this business through and through!


Lara December 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Thank you, Gillian! I hope you are right 🙂


Susan December 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

A word on parents…I think number five is very true but when you are an adult I think there’s also this realization that your parents made a lot of silly mistakes too.

Haha my dad is 62 and still refuses to send food back. But he’s a kid at heart.


Lara December 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Very good point 😉


Jen@FoodFamilyFitness December 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

It’s official. I’m an adult. 3 kids, house and a Christmas tree 😉


elise December 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

i have another one to add…
you find yourself saying “id NEVER let my kids watch this” to a tv show you are watching. this has been happening a lot lately and kyle and i are freaked out. now i see why my parents didnt let me watch so many things…aaaand theres #5 again. damn.


Lara December 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Haha, yes!


Roz@weightingfor50 December 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I love the last one, ’cause I remember the first time I did or said something, and thought to myself “omg, I’ve become my mother”. (which isn’t a bad thing, my mom is a wonderful woman!) Have a great day Lara.


julie December 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

haha please dont let me think i’m getting older. wahhhhh i’m 25 thats too young to use coupons i know it but i can’t pretend i don’t.


Jaime December 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I was at a college and one of the students called me Mrs. (last name) – I was so thrown off guard, it took me a few seconds to realize he was talking to me. I think that I’ve been an adult for a long time. Now, I am dealing with the fact that I am becoming an older adult (see today’s post). I completely understand & appreciate your thoughts.


Lara December 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Being called “Mrs.” always gets me, too!


Tasha December 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

I agree with Elise, I don’t have kids but now that I have a nephew, I’m always thinking about what I won’t let him watch!

guilty of 4 and 5 as well…


Simply Life December 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

ha, this is too funny…and scary 🙂


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