Adulting, or at least feeling like it

I wish I could remember the first time I felt like a real adult. It may have been sometime in college — though you’re still sort of in fledgling zone there, wobbling your way through those first stages of independence.

But these are a few things that I’ve noticed, and mentally remarked to myself, that it made me definitely feel like a real adult. As I’m inches from 30, I thought it’d be fun to go through some of these.

» Owning a microwave

» Buying a slipcover for my sofa

» Cooking a meal that does not involve a microwave, and does involve side dishes

» Filing your taxes on your own (because there’s nothing more adult than taxes)

» Taking taxis

» Choosing to stay in and read a book just because you want to

» Realizing that, though yes there is booze-a-plenty, you don’t need it to have fun with your friends

» Going to a fancy-pants restaurant

» Treating your parent(s) out to eat for no special occasion other than because you can

» Treating yourself to something nice, big or small, just because you can

» Not doing or buying something, no matter how much you want it, because you can’t budget it

» And of course, realizing you are turning 30.

What about you? What makes you feel like an adult?