If These 31 Signs Resonate With You, You Might Really Be an Adult

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As a 20-something (or even a 30-something), you realize that adulthood is, well, a gradual process. For some, it happens quite quickly. For others, growing up takes a bit of time. And there's nothing wrong with that! But let's just say . . . when you've made it, you've really made it — although it's a little bittersweet. Here are the 31 signs that you've made it — read 'em and weep (like really, you might actually start weeping).

  1. You go to your parents more often to catch up than to seek out advice.
  2. There is a complete set of matching glasses and silverware in your kitchen.
  3. You have a 401(k).
  4. You don't get carded as often as you'd like.
  5. Your college memories are no longer your fondest.
  6. You go to buy groceries before you completely run out of food.
  7. You can't remember the last time you had to ask your parents for gas money.
  8. You didn't need a guarantor's signature on your most recent lease agreement.
  9. Wine has become very important to you.
  10. You know your social security and driver's license numbers by heart.
  11. You caved and bought cable. (Netflix and Hulu aren't your only options.)
  12. Not each and every one of your home appliances is from IKEA.
  13. You actively think about what you're eating and how it affects your body. (Where as before you couldn't care less.)
  14. You've moved into a place and paid for movers (or did it yourself).
  15. You fold your laundry on a semiregular basis.
  16. Sleep is very, very important to your livelihood, and you often find yourself getting to bed at a reasonable hour.
  17. A lack of clean socks is no longer one of your biggest issues.
  18. Your checks are customized and actually have your name on them.
  19. You own more than one credit card.
  20. You find yourself becoming less and less concerned about keeping up with your social media feeds.
  21. You have more friends who are married or in committed relationships than you do single friends.
  22. You feel steady and settled in your current job.
  23. You didn't have to ask your parents a ton of questions when purchasing your last insurance policy.
  24. There are multiple kids in your life who refer to you as "aunt" or "uncle."
  25. You vote in elections on a regular basis.
  26. Your taxes consist of more than one form.
  27. You've been on vacations that didn't involve theme parks (or your parents).
  28. Everything in your home has a legitimate and permanent place.
  29. Your male friends seem to have less hair on their heads and more on their faces.
  30. Your meals involve less instant ramen and more gourmet cooking, and you often talk recipes with your friends.
  31. For the first time, you have a pretty concrete five-year plan ahead of you.