Turning 18 years old is a special milestone in every person’s life. At 18, you get to step into the world of adults. It means you continue to live the exciting life of a teen but with the privileges of an adult. However, you cannot do everything an adult does, but this phase can prepare you for adult life.
As you turn 18, your life experiences make you more mature and get you in a better position to make decisions for yourself. Here are a few things you can do when you turn 18. Remember, be adventurous but wise.
Things You Can Do When You Turn 18
Welcome to the world of adults. Here are some of the interesting and important things an 18-year-old is eligible to do.
- Donate blood
- Move out of the family home to be independent
- Enroll for active military service
- Adopt a pet for yourself
- Work at a bar
- Pawn your personal belongings
- Work for an additional number of hours
- Apply for a license to drive a truck
- Drive a cab
- Take up a full-time job during the school year
- Register as an organ donor
- Sign a contract
- Write your own will
- Avail medical care without a guardian
- Drive all night
- Purchase spray paint
- Buy a meat slicer
- Get voluntarily vaccinated
- Apply to see your original birth certificate (for those who are adopted)
- Run for state office (in certain states only)
- Sign yourself out of high school
- Cast vote
- Open a bank account
- Apply for a credit card
- Buy a car
- Buy a house
- Sue or get sued
- Lease an apartment
- File a legal suit
- Apply for a change of name
- Invest in the stock market
- Get a loan from a bank
- Open a PayPal account
- Serve as a jury member in federal court
- Sign a check
- Buy medicines
- Seek treatment at the ER by yourself
- Visit a casino (some tribal casinos only)
Fun Things To Do When You Turn 18
You do not have to restrict your ideas of having fun, as turning 18 opens the doors to several opportunities.
- Buy a lottery ticket
- Get a tattoo
- Go skydiving
- Get married
- Book a hotel room
- Get a piercing
- Travel alone
- Work in other countries
- Be a realtor
- Watch R-rated movies
- Drink responsibly in countries where 18 is the legal drinking age
- Do bungee-jumping
- Go to a concert
- Learn to code
- Purchase fireworks
- Visit a club
- Book an Airbnb
- Apply for a license to ride a motorbike above 125 cc
- Start a YouTube channel
- Get yourself a Costco card
- Self-publish your own book
- Use a Lime or Bird ride-sharing scooter
- Book a cruise
- Go to a festival alone
- Take a flight alone
- Try adventure sports
- Participate in automobile races
Points To Remember As A Responsible 18-Year-Old
If you have turned 18, you must be thrilled to enter a new and exciting phase of your life. To enjoy this phase, you have to be a responsible adult and use your newfound freedom in the right way. Here are some points you need to remember as a new adult.
- The first thing to keep in mind is that you are now legally responsible for every action of yours. If you violate a law, you will be liable to be tried as an adult and even land in jail.
- You will now have to pay taxes based on your income, state of residence, and other factors. You will also have to file tax returns every year dutifully.
- If you are a boy, you have to register with the National Selective Service within a month of turning 18. Failing to do so can incur you a fine of $250,000 or five years in prison.
- You are fully responsible for any legal document that you sign. If you breach a contract, you can be charged as an adult in a court of law.
- Lastly, you need to update yourself and be aware of different state laws as what is legal in one state can be illegal in another.
Adulthood comes with privileges and also a ton of responsibilities. When you fail to act responsibly, you can face some serious consequences. Nevertheless, you are free to do all that fun stuff you wanted to do but couldn’t because of restrictions you faced as a teen. Use your adult freedom responsibly and enjoy your life.