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When are You an Adult?

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Since my 18th birthday is coming up I began thinking about all the things that I will be able to do on my own, and also the things that I will be forced to wait to do even though I will be an “adult.”  This leads me to the question when are you an adult in society? Why are 18 year old’s adults legally but not socially?

alcSo here comes the age-old argument about being able to join the military and put my life on the line for my country and not being able to consume or purchase alcohol. We’ve all heard that one before, it’s an old argument so I won’t be wasting my time telling you what you already know. Instead, I will tell you some things that may be surprising that you are not old enough to do in adulthood.

SONY DSCRecently, I was surprised to find out that in the state of New Hampshire you must be 21 years old to purchase fireworks. What? You can buy a rifle but not fireworks? That’s insane — back to the military. You can launch missiles in a war but not launch some fireworks for a back yard BBQ?

The FAFSA requires parental income information until you’re 24 years old. So what about kids that aren’t getting any support from their parents? Kids that took a gap year and live on their own? Apparently you’re not old enough to be considered a separate entity from your parents financially even if you don’t live with them until the age of 24.

Society gives you the right to vote for the leader of our country, your state, representatives etc. at the age of 18. So, you’re old enough to decide who runs the country but not old enough make healthy decisions about alcohol? That’s just swell, isn’t it?

carYou can’t rent a car until you’re 25. That sucks! What if you’re 22 years old working two jobs and your car breaks down? Living on your own, supporting yourself maybe trying to save for college? Maybe you even have a child. But no, no rental car for you. Apparently being an adult is null when it comes to renting.

gunYou can’t purchase a hand gun. But rifles, shotguns and other “long arms” that cause much more damage in most cases are perfectly acceptable.

You must be 25 years old and have a valid license to supervise someone learning how to drive in the state of NH. That sucks. Maybe your mom works 60 hours a week and has no time to teach your sister how to drive. Oh well, you’re not adult enough to  help out.

tatYou must be 22 years old to receive silicone breast implants. Okay? So you’re old enough to modify your body via tattoo, piercing, and saline breast implants but silicone is off-limits? Not to mention at 22 you can now drink alcohol too. I guess you’re body just isn’t ready for silicone boobs.

All of these potentially useful or interesting things that you can’t do but heck,  you can be sued, join the military, be kicked out of your parent’s house, and any crime you commit won’t be sealed in a juvenile record. Wow, if you look at it that way you really are an adult!

I guess I’m just a little bit unclear on adulthood. I can be a legal adult at 18, but still, society doesn’t trust me with certain things until I’m even older. With so much legal responsibility thrown on you at 18, you would think that society would give you all the good benefits that an actual adult has.

If 18 year old’s are legal adults in all sense of the law then they should be given the same benefits of other adults and not just all the adult responsibilities. If society thinks we should be slowly transitioned into receiving all these privileges, then maybe they should transition us into the world of legal adulthood as well.

The Evolution of the Nose Piercing

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ImageWhen you look back at the history of body piercing, particularly the nose, you will find that it started a long long time ago. African tribes and Indians have been piercing their bodies for centuries. Only recently has body piercing become a fad in America and European countries.

 

 

ImagePiercings in America started with good old fashioned punk kids, and occasionally hippies and indie kids.Image Piercings were originally seen as a form of rebellion and hardcorness. Piercings used to be associated with people who wore black and plaid and listened to certain types of music.  Punk, Death metal, Metal Core, Black Metal, etc. Those were the people everyone expected to be pierced.

 

 

ImageWhen Myspace became popular so did the style known as “Scene” this drew in a crowd of interesting people. These people didn’t necessarily listen to the metal music associated with facial piercings but yet they trended heavily amongst them. I think the scene kids really opened up the door for piercings to expand beyond the confines of metal kids.

 

 

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Normal? ..

Nowa days any one can walk into the doors of a piercing shop and get whatever they want pierced without a second look. Weather you’re preppy, sporty, scene, metal, ect. Everyone is being pierced. Especially the nose. The nose is one of the fastest growing piercings; it’s becoming more acceptable in the work place and looks less appalling to grandparents than a lip or other facial piercing.

Some people might refer to this as a nose piercing epidemic. Something that used to be unique to a certain group has exploded and branched out to many groups. Needless to say, nose piercings have become more and more common. Beyond that, the nose “hoop” jewelry has become more acceptable. It used to be that a modest stud was considered enough, and hoops were seen as the more edgy/rebellious style, but now the hoop is no longer seen as anything out of the norm.

This is all quite frustrating to people who are into having a stand-out style. Especially to those of us who hate having things that are the “same” as other people, myself included. It is becoming more and more difficult to have a style that is unique; someone out there somewhere will most always be very very similar to you. No matter how hard you try there will always be someone out there to “cramp your style”.

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