All adults were children once. Wasn’t it just yesterday, after all, when we were young?
As we were growing up, we must have had that moment where we just went, “Oh, shoot, this is serious… I’m an adult now”, whether it was our first awkward #adulting experiences like paying bills for the first time, or more serious life experiences that made us grow up.
When In Manila readers weighed in on the exact moment in their lives when they realized that they were already grown up… well, sort of, anyway. A lot of us, whether we’re “older” millennials navigating through our twenties, or middle-aged folk stuck in a rut, are still learning a lot about adulthood. What’s your #adulting story?
Domesticated na, po
Nung natutuwa na ako kapag bago yung sponge pang hugas ng plates. – Cheska
In-offeran ako ng Advantage Card sa mall…and actually got one. – Jacob
When I’d watch Disney movies with my younger cousins and relate more with the parental characters. “But Daddy, I love him”?? Ariel, you don’t even KNOW him. – Emerald
You interrupted my game!
When I was playing a Final Fantasy game on my PlayStation 3 and it was getting really intense, but I actually had to stop playing (the horror!!!) coz my newborn baby woke up and started crying coz she needed to feed. – Anj
Now, it’s your turn to pay
When my mom stopped taking out her wallet whenever we’d have a “bonding session”, and instead just looked at me when it was time to pay. – Eillen
The toy collector
When people start to judge you for buying toys… especially the ones with capes. – Julian
No longer puppy love
When I first had my heart badly broken. – Jhay-Ann
Nung unang beses kong makabangga ng sasakyan, isang brand new Strada. – Wowie
Bills, bills, bills
When I started paying bills. – Yllaine
The proud alumnus
When I can no longer use my student ID for discounts because my student number was from a few years back. – Dale
For the long haul
Getting a life insurance and having the option to pay for something “quarterly”. – Keisha
When I landed my first job then my parents decided to stop supporting me financially. – Janelle
Biglaang lakad or basic hangouts like just going to a mall rarely happens anymore. I need to have at least two days in advance to invite people and wait for responses. – Art
Learning to be strong
The day my dad died. Since then it feels like the weight of the world is just… there. Not always, but I definitely have no right to be immature anymore. – Jasmine
The father figure
That moment in 2014 when reality told me that I was going to be a dad. It’s not that I realized that I wasn’t a kid anymore, it’s more of knowing that I can’t stay as one. – Eron
Dati debut lang ang inaatendan ko. Ngayon kung hindi kasal, binyag na. ‘wag muna tayo umabot sa burol, please? – Choy
What about you — when did you realize that you were no longer a child? Let us know your thoughts!