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14 Defining Adult Moments That Make You Say "Yep, I'm Old Now"

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1. The momentous occasion when you took out your own health insurance.

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Who cares if it was just because you got kicked off your parents' plan.

2. When you didn't automatically buy the cheapest wine at the bottle-o.

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"What's your most expensive goon?"

3. And when you tasted the wine at a restaurant to check it was OK before buying the bottle.

You're basically a sommelier now!

You're basically a sommelier now!

4. When you stopped getting excited about checking the mail because you only ever got sent bills.

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It's nowhere near as fun as getting letters from your childhood pen pal.

5. When you had to bluff your way through a conversation with a teen because you had no clue what they were saying.

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Next you'll be calling them "the youth".

6. When your Friday-night plans got cancelled and you felt relieved, not disappointed.

Staying in > going out.

Staying in > going out.

7. Because just the thought of being hungover now taints your nights out.

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You know you won't feel normal again for at least two days.

8. When you invited your friends over to have a civilised dinner party.

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And also broadened your definition of "party".

9. When you began planning all your weekends and holidays around your friends' weddings.

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Not to mention all the hens/bucks and baby showers.

10. The morning you woke up at 9am and thought, Oh, that was a lovely sleep in.

Long gone are the days of getting up at noon; you have errands to run!
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Long gone are the days of getting up at noon; you have errands to run!

11. When you managed to keep a pot plant alive for longer than a week.

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Next step dog, then baby.

12. The time you went out for dinner with your parents and offered to pick up the bill.

You're still recovering tbh.
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You're still recovering tbh.

13. When you bought an "investment" piece for your house, and looked for quality and design more than the price.

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Your tastes have matured enough now that you know you won't get sick of things.

14. And when you started requesting practical things – like kitchen appliances – for your birthday presents.

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Or saying absurd things like "Don't get me anything!" and actually meaning it.

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