Coming of Age

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When you become a legal adult at the age of 18, you are no longer considered as a child. An 18-year-old gains new rights, privileges and a lot of new responsibilities as an adult.

You have become an individual person in the eyes of society. Once you’re 18, you no longer need parental consent for most of your actions or decisions.

Voting is one of those rights. You are now allowed to vote on the outcome of the world you live in and make a change. Although voter turnout tends to be low amongst 18 to 25-year-olds, voting is a civic duty that all 18-year-olds should take part in.

Privileges are somewhat different from rights. Unlike rights, the privileges you gain when you turn 18 can be revoked or taken away if it is deemed necessary, driving for instance. This privilege can be revoked or taken away if you are caught drinking while driving or under the influence of alcohol. You can be seriously punished, fined and have your driver’s license revoked for a certain period of time.This is for your own safety and for others in society and to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes twice.

As kids we had a lot of responsibilities put upon us by our parents. However, just because you have become an adult, that does not mean you are free from rules and responsibilities. With freedom comes responsibility. Your responsibilities as a human being and an adult will follow you all throughout your life.

As an individual of society, it is your responsibility to make a contribution. Jury duty is an example of one of the many responsibilities you gain as an adult. If you refuse to accept this obligation and fail to participate in jury duty when called upon, you can be penalized for it as an adult.

There are also other laws and regulations that our government sets for every adult to follow. These laws and regulations are meant to keep you safe and society running smoothly. They are not to be disregarded and ignored just because you think you are an adult

As I’ve said before, your actions and behavior are judged more harshly by society. If you break a law or do something that is deemed punishable, then you are responsible for that and could possibly face criminal charges if proven to be guilty of the crime committed. You no longer have the protection of your parents or of being a child.

Becoming an adult can be a rewarding chapter in anyone’s life. However, we all need to grow up sooner or later and need to be informed and prepared for the many aspects of adult life.

As students in high school, we are close to this point in our life, and it is something to keep in mind.

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