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But that only covers the next four years or so. After our next step of education, training, or learning experience, we will be in our early twenties, and our grace period of learning will be pretty much over. We will be fully-fledged adults, faced with the daunting question of ‘Who will we become?’ In the past two decades, we’ve had our parents to help us decide who we are. We’ve had school and extracurriculars that guide our way to self-discovery. Now, though, our choices are mostly up to us. Who we befriend, which job we have, where we live, what we eat . . . it’s all going to be up to us. After years of watching those older than us go on their journeys of self-discovery, we’ll be the ones who are coming to terms with our newly-found freedom. We are in charge of our own destinies - and that revelation is liberating.
This is only a taste of the landmarks that this decade will bring. Now that we’ve stepped into this new era of our lives, for the first time, we will truly become active participants in the craziness of life. Some of us will get married and have kids. Some of us will buy our own property. Some of us will leap to fame and fortune, and some of us will fall from societal favor. It’s exciting to think about the wealth of possibility before us, but at the same time, it’s a little bittersweet. Our journey to adulthood may be just around the corner, but for most of this generation, the end of our childhood began when the clock struck midnight.