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TomorrowNeverKnows Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:42 PM
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So I'm turning 18 tomorrow (4/26)...
Edited on Sat Apr-25-09 08:49 PM by TomorrowNeverKnows
And I seriously never thought it would seem like such a short wait; I remember when I was little, this seemed like a looooong way off, like I could never imagine myself as an adult, and now it's just less than a day away. Where did all that time go? Why was it so short?

My mom is teasing me because I'm one of the few people she knows who DOESN'T want to be 18, as must others can't wait.

Although really, for the past almost 2 years, I've gone between dread/despair and total excitement far more times than I can count; the former because of the faster and faster passing time, and a feeling of loss, like a total death of any remaining childhood, having more and more aspects of my life being flipped on their head, uprooted, and changed faster than I can adjust, and that there was a lot of things I still haven't done that I wanted to do before reaching this milestone, such that I feel much older than I actually am. And the latter because this means there's more things I can do my myself and without consent, like voting, (I was pretty mad that I didn't get to vote in the last election) and not needing nearly as much permission for everything.

There were even a few people I sit with at lunch, and one of them keeps pestering me, and I still don't know if jokingly or not, to buy cigarettes for her; even though I vehemently detest and loathe smoking with all my being.

So...at this point I'm really not sure what to feel; excitement or dread, there's reasons to feel either. I've never been a legal adult before, so I guess I'm not sure what to expect. Everybody's saying congrats, but I'm not sure.

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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:49 PM
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1. Remember, not legal for everything...but, enough stuff .....
that you should have a great time...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40K2S0-5Xo0


Tikki
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:41 PM
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2. Happy Early Birthday.
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:33 PM
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3. Welcome to DU!
And Happy Birthday!
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:37 PM
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4. Sweet One...
it is just another marker on your road of Life. Enjoy it, embrace it, there are better, and more trying, times to come. That is life, live it to the fullest. :hug: Happy Birthday :toast:
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TomorrowNeverKnows Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:33 PM
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6. Thanks, I'm feeling better now,
especially since now I can do a lot more things independently :D
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:32 PM
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5. Happy Birthday
Welcome to DU and thanks for coming.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:35 PM
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7. Happy Birthday!
It's my B-day, too! :hi: :pals:


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TomorrowNeverKnows Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:21 PM
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11. Really?
How old are you now?
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:34 PM
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18. 37 years older than you!
;)


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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:40 PM
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8. Have a good one!
My baby girl turns 18 this year and we can't believe it. :D
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:41 PM
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9. Well Happy Birthday! then.
And welcome to DU. :hi: :party:
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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:48 PM
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10. grats or whatever
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 05:52 PM by backwoodsbob
enjoy adulthood

:
So...at this point I'm really not sure what to feel; excitement or dread, there's reasons to feel either. I've never been a legal adult before, so I guess I'm not sure what to expect. Everybody's saying congrats, but I'm not sure.
:

How about grow up and dont expect anyone to hold your hand anymore?
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:36 PM
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12. happy b day
I turn 20 in ten days
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leftyclimber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:57 PM
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13. The difference between today and yesterday
is that you can now sign a contract and be liable for stuff. Be smart about that, and ask qualified people for advice before you make big commitments. Oh, and now you can go to adult jail, so don't do any stupid crap that might get you arrested. ;)

Other than that, today probably feels the same as yesterday, as it should.

Happy birthday!

:party::party::party:
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:08 PM
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14. I'm 18...+20...
The only thing I would say is...enjoy the stages you have to go through (which by the sound of it you can understand). Don't try to get ahead of yourself. Making do and getting by is part of the fun on your way to success/adulthood.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:24 PM
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15. Happy Birthday TomorrowNeverKnows
And welcome to DU!

:hi: :toast: :bounce:

Know there will be joy, sadness, love, loss, quiet and chaos. You have apprehensions, but they only show me you have an introspective mind. Just remember, the child you fear losing will always be there inside you. There will always be wonders to behold, laughter and silliness, and time to just play. And you'll feel the child smile. Always.


:hug:
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:34 PM
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16. Happy birthday.
I turn 27 today. I'm getting old.
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TomorrowNeverKnows Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:52 PM
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17. Weird,
I once wrote a story/film where in the beginning, the main charecter just turned 27...
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nickgutierrez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:38 PM
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19. Enjoy it.
Sure, you don't know what to expect, but you're not supposed to. And it's not like you can will yourself to be younger, either. Just keep your eyes open, have a plan, and follow it as best you can.

:fistbump:
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Neoma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:43 PM
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20. Who cares about milestones?
Adults are just children forced to know things, really. You can do the things you still want to do. If anything, you're more empowered to do whatever because you're an adult. Not the other way around. You don't have to act differently just because you're an adult. It just means you have more abilities, and that's that.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 07:44 AM
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21. TNK: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Have a great year, don't worry -
you are only young once, but you can be irresponsible just as long as you want to!
:party: :party: :party: :toast: :toast: :toast:
O8) O8) O8) :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:


Have a great year and remember to enjoy it while you have it.

mark
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:26 AM
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22. One thing you can't do much about is the passage of time so
relax and enjoy the ride. You are still a teen, though. No need to become an adult overnight. Enjoy the remainder of your teen years.

I see you have good taste in music. My daughter is a high school sophomore and in world history she has to do a huge presentation on an important historical figure born outside the US who contributed significantly to his time. She's doing her report on George Harrison and her biggest problem is paring down all the info into the essentials! An embarrassment of riches for sure.
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:31 AM
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23. Happy belated Birthday!
:toast: I hope you had a wonderful day and countless more to come. :hi:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 11:04 AM
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24. Happy, happy birthday, Baby... Many happy returns!
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