Turning 18 and you (An angsty Australian kids question for you)

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So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

Offworlder:
Snip?

eh?

unless your absolutly dying to get yourself some booze or go to a club...then no, its really not a big deal

now..when you get some money..and independance..THATS when the fun starts (the money thing mostly)

It changed absolutely nothing in my day to day life.

It was pretty meh, the legal age is 19 in my province and I was already toning it down by then, my party days peaked at 17.

Also it's Ammmmmurrricah, not Merica.

Offworlder:
So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

Biosophilogical:
Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

Exactly, apart from being able to vote a few months after my 18th birthday absolutely nothing changed for me.

You now have the freedom to drink, smoke, vote, go to clubs/pubs/casinos, get your license, and probably a whole heap of other stuff that I'm forgetting. You don't have to take advantage of any of them (except voting) and there's nothing particularly physical that happens. You just have the freedom to do it all legally!

Yep you're free now.

Any feelings about the age goes away until you hit 21 where some people treat it like a milestone. (This is speaking about Australia)

You'll probably get the same feeling as when you turned 13 and could could legally make an account for online games without parental permission :P

Only reason I can't wait to be 18 for is the ability to drive alone without my dad commenting on my cornering skills. So yeah, P plates are the only real difference I can foresee in my life.

Biosophilogical:

Offworlder:
So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

shit

I dont think Ive registered..

anyway..as I said adulthood dosnt really depend on some abitraiy age...but more money and independance

you can be 20, but still living with your parents..broke, unemployed and having them breathing down your neck about everything.....thats not being an adult

Turning into an adult is a really gradual process that I don't think anyone fully completes, or at least that's how I see it so far. It seems like less of a deal to me now being able to buy alcohol & go out drinking, but I'd be pretty annoyed if I went to somewhere like America and couldn't buy a drink. So I suppose it's fairly important to me.

I turned 18 in Britain over here and nothing changed. It's not really a big deal unless you make it one, you can drink now. I think that's about it.

Biosophilogical:

Offworlder:
So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

This was pretty much me, I turned a few weeks ago. Even though I got around 500 bucks from relatives. I spent it on a Gym instead of Booze and club entry.

I'm from the UK, and when I turned 18 (drinking and voting age) nothing changed for me. I'd already been drinking since I was 13, and it was a year until the next elections. I just went to uni slightly later that year and that was it.

Captcha: 'tighty whitey'. I definitely did not start wearing those when I turned 18.

Like I tell everyone, "now you have to be responsible".

Unfortunately, you don't wake up one day and DING! you're an adult (or at least it hasn't happened to me yet).

On the other hand, it gets a bit too late to make excuses for doing something stupid.

I thought 18 was a big deal, it wasn't i thought 21 would be a big deal it wasn't being 23 now i have come to realise its just another day you dont have some miraculous change. Just the way it is :P

Regnes:
It was pretty meh, the legal age is 19 in my province and I was already toning it down by then, my party days peaked at 17.

Oh B.C., why don't you trust your 18 year olds?

I had moved out of my parents' place shortly after turning 17 so I was already kind of living as an adult by the time I turned 18. Did it change much for me? Not really, it just gave me more rights (and more responsibilities) I guess.

No, I have a fuckload of cash saved up for my PC, then It slowly went into beers. I fucking hate being 18.

It's similar in the UK- at 18 you're legally an adult. However, if you're still in school doing A Levels when you turn 18 it makes no difference apart from the alcohol thing, since you're still in school, living with your parents etc. If you're not still at school, you will have left at 16 so (again apart from alcohol/clubbing) it's not going to make a huge amount of difference either.

When you leave home is a much bigger deal and more of a true "coming of age" thing.

As for my own experience, my birthday's in October so I turned 18 right at the beginning of my final year of school. I went to the pub, some people bought me drinks (not really a big deal since being underage really doesn't stop people consuming alcohol) which was nice of them. And then yeah, I got on with school, exams and all that jazz, same as before. Voted in the general election a few months later. In terms of everyday life I guess it was kind of cool that my parents didn't have to sign permission slips for stuff any more, but that was about it.

EDIT: if you're working you're entitled to a higher minimum wage in the UK too, so I guess that's the main benefit of it.

Offworlder:
So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

I cared a lot about turning 18, since we're allowed to get our license here at 18. Growing up where I did, you NEED a car. And cars are fun!
Other than that, I didn't give two shits. I rarely drink and I don't smoke, so nothing really changed.
Getting a job and having a lot of money all of a sudden? Like someone before me said, THAT is where you get your freedom and where the fun really begins, unless you happen to be born into a very rich family or something.

When I turned 18, I had dinner with a few mates, went to a club, decided I hate clubs within 30 seconds of walking into one, went home drank a beer and went to sleep. The most exciting thing that happened was that my pay went up about $4.00 an hour. Woooo.

Im Australian. I was brewing beer throughout high school. When I turned 18, I stopped drinking. lol
The only thing of any worth to me is being of legal age to drive.

My birthday was around yr12 exam time, so I didn't celebrate either. Too busy drinking myself stupid before my birthday

I have yet to turn 18 and I'm not really looking forward to it;
I don't drink, don't smoke, I ain't that promiscuous (although I am of the age of consent, not that that's ever stopped anyone ever) and I have no interest in driving. Hell, the only thing that'll change is that people will be on my ass about "growing up", which is gonna be so much fun.

Biosophilogical:
Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

Tell me about it. Even going to parties is... Eh.
'Do you want a drink?'
'Nah, I don't do Alcohol'
'Why not?'
'Because I don't want to'
'Is it because you're scared of the health risks?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'Your scared you'll do something stupid?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You just don't want a hangover tomorrow morning?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You want to maintain your dignity? I can respect that'
'FFS, its because I don't want to do alcohol ok?'

Few people seem to get that not everyone wants to do alcohol. It ain't necessary for daily life. Whilst some of what they put forward is valid, its not so much of a concern for me as that I see no gain in drinking alcohol. I can get a lot of entertainment out of watching drunk chicks say 'No Bingo' over and over again for half an our at night because they got so smashed they can't even think anymore. Alcohol is not needed for a good time.

Joccaren:

Biosophilogical:
Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

Tell me about it. Even going to parties is... Eh.
'Do you want a drink?'
'Nah, I don't do Alcohol'
'Why not?'
'Because I don't want to'
'Is it because you're scared of the health risks?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'Your scared you'll do something stupid?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You just don't want a hangover tomorrow morning?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You want to maintain your dignity? I can respect that'
'FFS, its because I don't want to do alcohol ok?'

Few people seem to get that not everyone wants to do alcohol. It ain't necessary for daily life. Whilst some of what they put forward is valid, its not so much of a concern for me as that I see no gain in drinking alcohol. I can get a lot of entertainment out of watching drunk chicks say 'No Bingo' over and over again for half an our at night because they got so smashed they can't even think anymore. Alcohol is not needed for a good time.

The worst is the "friends" who try to force you to drink, but somehow freak out if you try and take care of them by giving them a water bottle when they can't stand up.

Biosophilogical:

Offworlder:
So I turned 18 today, which is like the 'manhood starting' age here (21 in 'merica) and everyone is making a big deal about it. Now don't get me wrong, I love being able to buy my own alcohol and go to clubs and such, but is it really that big a deal? I mean, are there any major maturity events that happen in my body around this time? Am I being a little bitch? Thoughts?

Also, what was your just turned 18/21 experience like? Was it bitchen?

Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

skip voting just ignore it and when you get the "why didnt you vote"thing in the mail "my religious beliefs require me to be politically neutral and as such i refuse to vote"

ah turning 18.. my whole family got to gether threw me a party everyone got drunk.. i dont drink. i dont party and im not a people person.. spent the night reading in my room while everyone else threw up

Like the C.S. Lewis quote that "some people" always like to quote... You're an adult when you stop identifying behaviors as adult or childish.

Also, Nobody really grows up, they just learn how to act in public.*

(*Is that a Batman quote? Don't know if it is, I just saw Batman's picture behind it when I ran into it...)

Well,I live in Israel, so for me it is officially becoming property of the military.

I was in same boat about 3 months ago. And yeah I agree bars/clubs are overrated, I prefer house parties/gatherings, less money to be spent that way :P. Other then that no real difference; My stereotypical Aussie Dad always supplies me with free beers :D and I still say my birthday is 1/1/1945 on sites which require 18+ people. Also I've been very disappointed with Uni social life, stupid American movies making it seem like there's a party everyday.

Meanwhile in Western Australia.

"Ugh, I don't really care about being 18, but I'll finally be able to buy a sword and decommissioned gun, thats the only thing I'm looking forward to, nothing else.

Mmmm when I turned 18 I was happy that I could buy my smokes without having people buy them for me. Then when I turned 21, I didn't bother with the drinking cause I don't like alcohol that much sooooo no nothing really changes.

Meh, just have fun, do all the things you're now able to do before you get bored of them.

Joccaren:

Biosophilogical:
Hahaha, try being an 18 year old Australian who doesn't drink and hates clubs. It is even less eventful. (BTW, you can vote now, so hurry up and register slacker!!!)

Tell me about it. Even going to parties is... Eh.
'Do you want a drink?'
'Nah, I don't do Alcohol'
'Why not?'
'Because I don't want to'
'Is it because you're scared of the health risks?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'Your scared you'll do something stupid?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You just don't want a hangover tomorrow morning?'
'Its because I don't want to'
'You want to maintain your dignity? I can respect that'
'FFS, its because I don't want to do alcohol ok?'

Few people seem to get that not everyone wants to do alcohol. It ain't necessary for daily life. Whilst some of what they put forward is valid, its not so much of a concern for me as that I see no gain in drinking alcohol. I can get a lot of entertainment out of watching drunk chicks say 'No Bingo' over and over again for half an our at night because they got so smashed they can't even think anymore. Alcohol is not needed for a good time.

Those conversations always annoyed the hell out of me. People behaved like it was some sort of complex mystery as to why somebody didn't want to drink. For me it was really just not something I felt like doing.

sheah1:

The worst is the "friends" who try to force you to drink, but somehow freak out if you try and take care of them by giving them a water bottle when they can't stand up.

Amusing flip to that: I once had my drunk roommate try to take care of me when I was completely sober (I literally had nothing to drink) and he was bordering on passing out. It was a bit insulting (I'm both older and a more responsible drinker), but amusing at the same time.

I turned 18 in October last year.

Basically nothing changed. Got my car loan in my name instead of my parents and i occasionally drink with my mates, but my normal life hasn't really changed much since i turned 17. Still chill at home on the internet and read a ton of books, only difference is dropping my work from full time to part time so i can do my HSC at TAFE.

Biggest change would be those delicious green P-Plates and the ability to sit at 109km/h on the freeway without having to worry about cops.

Oh, also, gun license. Can finally legit buy a .308 lever action.

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