Is maturity is the sum of all your experiences and how you process them?
But, I have met older persons with seemingly many life experiences that are so immature that it is scary.
Then I have met younger persons that act and appear mature on most levels…
So, what is it exactly that allows, creates, develops ‘maturity’?
One definition of maturity is: The state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development; as, the maturity of corn or of grass; maturity of judgment; the maturity of a plan.
Another definition is: adulthood: the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed.
According to these definitions, seems maturity is reached by physical adulthood. But how about maturity in emotions, feelings, actions, behaviors and intellect? Isn’t all that pretty much an on going effort?
Then a person can be seemingly mature in most levels of their life and at old age revert back to an immaturity that is almost insanity.. as in sex, and lifestyle to even the extent of whining like a baby.
To be able to process experiences in life, one needs to have the intellect and emotional honesty and innate integrity to look at self and evaluate. Without this, how can maturity occur at all? So where does this ability come from? And why are some so lacking in this ability? As some have it, others don’t and seemingly never will as they step into the same traps, mistakes, irresponsilbity, and blunders all their lives and can’t see why, or change or ‘mature’ past it.
Someone can maturely handle their job and finances and be an immature dweeb in emotions and feelings.
So, what is a mature individual? Are we all just a work in progress until we die, or until we revert back to being childlike…?
What does maturity look like to you? How is maturity manifested in one’s life?