“It was a very strange time and it sort of rocketed me into adulthood. It was a violent crash into being an adult,” John Mayer shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was also a public one. After a string of interviews that most would deem reckless, the guitar playing sing-songwriter took some time off and did some growing up. It was time to “be 33 and 34, instead of 28 for the fourth year.”

Defining adulthood is always a bit murky. Being legal is one thing, being grown is another. Independence, careers, and material possessions seem like signs of adulthood, until something dramatic happens and they disappear. Or you come up in an economy that makes those things more difficult to acquire. For most people who consider themselves adults, there was a defining moment (or series of moments) that revealed a level of maturity and strength that signaled true transition.

What was the moment that pushed you into adulthood?

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