When Did I Become a Grown Up?


I can’t really pinpoint the exact time that I became a full-fledged grown up. It definitely wasn’t when I turned 18 or 21. Was it when kids came into the picture?

When I was younger it seemed like every single person that I came into contact with was older than me. My family, teachers, even most of my friends were older than me. However, as the years passed it seemed to shift. Since age is just a number, and the heart doesn’t know how old you are, when did I become an actual adult? I can’t really answer that question.  However, I can tell you some the little signs that have led me down that path.

I don’t Get Freaked Out By Little Things (As Often)

My personality has always been a little on the high-strung freaking out over little things sort. However, as the years pass it seems like I am better able to let the smaller things go without getting upset. That’s not to say that I don’t freak out on a regular basis…It’s just not quite as often.

Cooking Has Been Demystified (For the Most Part)

When I was younger I had no idea how to make coffee, use an oven, or cook anything other than pasta. I lived off of frozen food, canned food, or take out. Of course, this is partly due to not being taught by my parents when I was younger, but I also just wasn’t interested in learning. I started to be more interested in cooking when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I was still fairly clueless in the kitchen.

Cooking became more interesting to me when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I was still fairly clueless in the kitchen. My Mother-in-Law is a great cook, and I have learned a lot of things from her in the past five years. At this point in time, though I’m still learning, I feel the most competent in the kitchen than I ever have in the past.

I Care More About Life

I never thought that I would live as long as I have. My later teens and my 20s were dark days. I didn’t really care about life, and my poor life decisions reflected that fact. The turning point was definitely having my daughter. I try to make the best decisions possible now. This involves putting a lot more thought into life in the present. Now I’m also thinking toward the future.

So am I a full-fledged adult now? My birthday a couple of weeks ago. Age-wise I have been an adult now for half of my life. As far as feelings go, though, I feel like I have just arrived at the threshold of adulthood. And I’m ready.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

If you’re interested in reading more from DawnBlogtopus, check out this older post  DawnBlogtopus.com about finding happiness in life.


  • zoeyvaluatedblog

    March 5, 2017

    This post really hit home for me. I’ve techniqually been an adult for quite some time now, but practically I think I am still just getting there. I guess because of my medical issues, this process has been delayed for me, so ‘adulting’ is a fairly new thing for me. Bravo for being open and honest about all this! 🙂

    • dawnblogtopus

      March 5, 2017

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Growing up (even in your 20s and 30s) is hard!

  • The Sun Mama

    March 5, 2017

    Love this post!! 🙂 I’m 42 and still not sure … All of know is that the older I get the more relaxed about life I get 🙂

    • dawnblogtopus

      March 6, 2017

      Thanks for reading! I used to be terrified of getting older but the getting wiser thing is pretty awesome!

  • Sno E. from MomRemod.com

    March 7, 2017

    I’m so with ya on Don’ Sweat the small stuff! It’s hard but definitely getting older seems to help gain those experiences in which you can really look fear in the face and laugh! Great post!

    • dawnblogtopus

      March 7, 2017

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m going to go check out your blog right now it looks interesting!

  • MelissaB

    March 24, 2017

    I love this post. It’s my first one of yours I read and the title grabbed my attention right away. I still question when I became an adult and wonder at times if everyone else sees me (age wise) the way I see myself. I think how you are treated as a child has a huge impact on the self confidence and decision making skills later in life. Because of my extreme inability to make decisions for myself, I hope to teach my kids to evaluate options and make choices without me just saying “do this”. Thanks for the read.

    • dawnblogtopus

      March 25, 2017

      Thanks Melissa. I think about this a lot, and still can’t figure out the answer. I was talking to a friend last night about how to raise kids and messing them up the least amount possible. I settled on the answer of building up their self-esteem as much as possible so they can be confident to make good decisions on their own. Huumm, I smell a blog post coming. Thanks 🙂

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