When I was a teenager, I thought I knew it all and had complete control of my life. When I was in my 20’s, I really knew that I had it all together. But it wasn’t until I was in my late 30’s that I bought my first house and then I became on dad on my 40th birthday. Then I realized that I wasn't as together as I thought.

There’s so much pressure on people to have it all together these days and it can take a while. Sometimes a person can be in their 50’s, like me, and still not have it all figured out.

A new study took a look at the different ages that people should accomplish things in life and the ages are definitely a lot older than they used to be.

When I was younger, most people who were 18 or 19 years old were able to live on their own and not rely on their parents for money. The age that most people are able to accomplish that today is 25.

When my parents and grandparents were young, it wasn’t uncommon for them to get married and start their family around the age of 19 or 20. That age today is now 29.5 years old.

I tell my daughter, Tara, that just because the world tells you that you should or shouldn’t accomplish something by a certain age, it doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you if you don’t.

She’s my little girl and I want to keep her forever, but I also know that I have to let her go...eventually. So, whether she wants to be independent at the age of 18 or 80, it won’t change a thing. I’ll always be her dad and I’ll always be there to help if she needs me.

I kind of think maybe she shouldn’t still be living at home by the time she turns 30...Okay 35.

[via Mel Magazine]