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When does childhood end?
tynamite's avatar Immature around people, mature about life. That is me. My childhood ended when I was 16, when the introduction of responsibility and expectations were thrust into my life by force. Sixth form (16-18 college based in a school), was the pivotal turning point of my life, as my grades would seriously determine how the rest of my life would turn out from there onwards.

My Views on Being an Adult

On the last day of my sixth form, I saw my friends Lucie and Thea, and I was chatting to them. I told them that when you're an adult, as they're 16 and I'm 18, that you get two things. Responsibility and expectations. When you're adult you have to pay bills and get a job and do things. Also you can't just go home and play video games or smoke drugs all day and mess about. You have to do things with your life. When you're a child you can do nothing with your life and be protected because you're a child. But as an adult, like me, I'm at the age where people want me to get in a relationship or a job and other things but before I could just do nothing all day.

Well I thought that my life ended at 18 and that because my childhood is over, the best years of my life are over. Some girl in my year and her friends agreed that school is the happiest times of someone's life. Well, I learnt 2 things sitting in McDonalds today about being an adult.

You have control over your own destiny. As a child, if you don't like your life, you can't do much about it. Yes as an adult you have responsibility and expectations and have to pay bills, but you have a greater say of what happens in your life. It might not be as fun or as easy as it was when you was a child, but you have the freedom to do things for yourself and more control of how your life turns out.

In university, there's no cussing of mums, raising up 20p, bitching or fights. People treat people they way it's supposed to be and it's like going back to primary school. After a while you begin to forget that you're speaking to adults like yourself, and that they have problems in their lives, that they have experienced sadness. By the way these people go on, you would think they were middle class white people who come from the good areas. But they aren't.

As I ate my McMuffin I thought, that point number 1 all comes down to how your childhood was when you was a child. If you had a bad childhood or one you didn't enjoy, like me, you'll enjoy being an adult because you get the control and freedom that you never once had. But if you had a good childhood, you might not like being an adult, because as people say, the most important decisions I made were "Which cereal to eat" "What tv show to watch" "What clothes I should wear" "Whether to do my homework" "What crayon I should use" and stuff like that.

Some people will miss not being able to go back to the life of having it easy, where they could have fun and be fed food, and not care to think about where the money comes from or having to supply any food. Well you know what I say, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And it's all fun and games behaving like pricks in school, but once you leave school, some learn not to do that, and that there are more important things in life than how much street cred you have. So they become nice and start to better themselves, as in getting a job and education, not by getting reputation and girls to be players around and people to pick on.

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