Kids usually can’t wait to grow up. Many dream about being old enough to do all the things that are forbidden to them as minors. Turning 18 is a special milestone in a person’s life, a finish line that marks the boundaries between childhood and adulthood. But, apart from receiving the classic ‘happy 18th birthday’ card, what’s so cool about turning 18?
You can get your driver’s license
Whilst you can legally start driving at 17 in the UK, lots of new drivers wait until they are 18 to start learning. For many, a driving license equals freedom. For people in the outskirts of any big city, or for those who just can’t stand public transport, a driving license becomes a necessity. Freedom of movement is very important when it comes to socialising and even career development, as many employers also require their workers to have a vehicle. Undoubtedly, getting a driving license is one of the main perks of adulthood.
You can live by yourself
In the eyes of the law, you also stop being a child when you turn 18. Before that, if you want to live away from your family – perhaps because you don’t have a great relationship or because you just want to experience freedom early on – there are some documents and legal requirements to go through. Your parents may have to go through a legal process to grant you your independence, and the case might even have to go to court. Also, when it comes to renting property, you will most likely need a guarantor. After 18, becoming truly independent is a real possibility, and less paperwork is typically required.
You can vote
The majority would argue that voting should be a basic human right for all adults, but unfortunately, this is not the case everywhere in the world. If you live in a democratic nation, coming of age equals gaining the ability to have a say in the affairs of your country. For many people, this is a vital part of being a free citizen. In the UK, over 18s can vote in general and local elections.
You can enter 18+ places
Many clubs and other venues only allow entrance to those aged 18 or above. For many, being legally able to go to such venues is a fulfilled dream – a rite of passage of becoming of age. Those who turned 18 many years ago might have forgotten how it felt the first time they were allowed to go into one of these places – for underage people, however, it’s a feeling they’ve yet to experience.
Although there are also some disadvantages of turning 18, not everyone wants to stop being a child! Becoming an adult can be one of the most rewarding experiences of life. Knowing that you’re responsible for your own wellbeing can be scary, but also very satisfying if you can handle the responsibility. If you’re about to turn 18, make sure you cherish the moment because your life will soon change forever. If you’ve been of age for a while, remember to set a good example and be understanding of all the challenges young people face in today’s world.