I graduated high school in May 1981 at age 17. (I'll do your math. I'm 51. You're welcome.) The day after graduation, I moved to Indianapolis to escape both farm life and parents unable to handle an out son.
Compared to life on the farm, Indianapolis was THE BIG CITY! And when I got there, I was shocked not only to discover so many others like me -- but they were all having a hella good time!