A recent article in the New York Times ruffled a few feathers. Specifically, some 20-somethings who were the target of criticism. I wish I could just point my mature and responsible finger at these entitled, Upward-basketball playing young adults who like trophies and N*Sync.
But I am not without condemnation.
A quote from the NYT piece:
We’re in the thick of what one sociologist calls “the changing timetable for adulthood.” Sociologists traditionally define the “transition to adulthood” as marked by five milestones: completing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child.
Let's explore my progress in each of these areas:
1. Completing school. It wasn't always pretty, but I did this. Sometimes I want to go back to school but I think that has more to do with organizing a Trapper Keeper than getting another degree.
2. Leaving home. I did this at 18. And at 25. And at 28. It seems to have stuck that last time. But I wouldn't want to close any doors. Hi, Mom.
3. Becoming financially independent. Let's define "independent." If it doesn't include paying for a new home air conditioner or buying a house in your name only, then I'm in it to win it.
4. Marrying. Well... I'm trying. As is my mother.
5. Having a child. I'm thinking "adulthood" might be overrated.
So what about you? Are you an adult yet? How old were you when you crossed over?