My middle year?

accreditation
No, I am not about to get married or start college or become a doctor. I am just about to step out of teenhood and into adulthood. Or am I?

Nineteen is obviously the last year of your teens and most people consider 21 to be the big year of embracing adulthood, so where will that leave me in a few days time? I’m about to turn 20 years old. So I am no longer a teen, yet I am not quite an adult. Hmm. This could get interesting!

Over the last few months of working here at Parent24 I have become the resident ‘teen expert’, still being one myself and all. I’ve written about the usual teen experiences of getting (or not getting) a car, how one would cope with becoming a teen mom and situations that most teens experience.

Now that I am leaving the realm of the teen and stepping into not-quite-adulthood, I guess I will now be writing about my “teen experiences” as distant memories. Ha-ha-ha! You must be kidding me right? I am so often told I seem older than 21 yet I don’t feel a day over 16 most times! I still have the same fears (mostly) and I still don’t have a driver’s license (yet), but I do feel more confident and sure of who Robyn is as a person.

One thing I do know has changed since I’ve gotten older and this only started about 6 months ago. The dynamic at home with my mother is something completely different. I no longer feel the need to ask about going out for a coffee with my friends (as I ALWAYS did before). Now it is merely a matter of informing my mom that I won’t be home and I get a smile, a nod and the standard “don’t be home too late”. And all the while I’m waiting for the questions and when they don’t arrive I’m thinking ‘when ON EARTH did this happen??’

So maybe there is something to be said for stepping out of teenhood and into not-quite-adulthood. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll wake up with a set path for life and the need to start wearing adult like power suits on the morning of the 27th of April, but I’ll be sure to let you know if I do. ;)

Is your teen on the brink of adulthood?

Read more by Robyn Addinall
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24