Explore, if you can, till you find it.
Numbers aren’t magic, they’re based on averages, and give only a general idea of when someone has become responsible enough to make their own decisions about their lives. Most people are probably ready to make decisions about most things sooner than that. Some may take a little longer. Some may never be ready... (don’t be one of those.) Emotional maturity is often primarily based on external factors; whether you’ve been left to count on yourself and gain confidence, whether you’ve been coddled too much, or not enough. Even if your parents are good parents they probably still don’t know how much to coddle you. This is something you need to learn for yourself. Instead of turning to them straight away when you have a problem, attempt to think up a solution yourself first, knowing you’ve still got the ‘safety net’ of your parents or friends to fall back on if you really need it. Try not to need it. Take on more responsibilities, but don’t overburden yourself with unnecessary achievements. Ask yourself “what do I want out of life?” If the answer is not readily apparent, don’t panic. You probably haven’t met the right person, place or thing yet. Explore, if you can, till you find it. Get a job, if you don’t already have one, not only for income, but for practice. Don’t spend all your money on stupid shit, you might need it one day. Most importantly, don’t overwhelm yourself with undue pressures. Know that there’s not a whole lot you can do right now that will ruin your whole life. (With the possible exceptions of useless university degrees and meaningless sex.) Don’t be stupid. but don’t try to be too smart either. Take charge. Have a little pride, and try not to fall too hard... (Unless you’re falling towards love.)