Am I really an adult yet?

Josh Bonner Ranger Reporter

I remember when I was younger, my mom used to tell me, “When you turn 18, you are an adult now and can do whatever you want as long as you take care of your responsibilities.”

Josh Bonner  Ranger Reporter
Josh Bonner
Ranger Reporter

I definitely couldn’t wait until I turned 18.

But what she didn’t tell me was that there were many restrictions when becoming an adult.

One of those was drinking.

Growing up, I never remember any of my family members really being heavy drinkers.

But drinking always was something I wanted to do when I turned the big 18.

I don’t get why people felt 21 was the appropriate age for allowing people to drink.

When they said, “When you’re 18, you can do whatever you want,” I thought it meant that once I became an adult, I was responsible enough to drink.

I figure if you’re old enough to fight for your country, you should be able to open a nice, cold beer and relax.

It’s natural for most people to be eager to do something when they have to break a rule to do it.

But when you are allowed to do something, then you get tired of the privilege, or you don’t think about it because it’s so natural to do it.

As a parent, you should prefer to have your kid going to college and taking care of his or her classes and drinking on a Friday or Saturday night – instead of doing some type of mysterious drug or being on the streets not doing anything with his or her life.

And at the end of the day you have to think, would you rather see an 18-year-old drinking and out of control or would you rather see a 21-year-old, who is supposed to be more mature, be out of control?

You would expect it from an 18-year-old.

I may not be 21 yet, but I have an opinion and yes, I do believe that an 18-year-old should be allowed to drink.

There could be stipulations to drinking, but it’s 2014, and honestly, kids are going to drink regardless of how many tickets or warnings they get.

Let’s let young people have their fun while they’re young.

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