As for growing up faster, I feel like I've gotten that message to in life. I think that as we grow up we receive both messages at certain and different times in our lives. I think through middle school is the time when your kind of pushed to grow up and stop acting so immature, and for some people that could spread into high school as well.
The influence comes from parents, when I mention the elementary school part that's my parents wanting to protect and shelter me, then middle school it's them wanting me to stop being so lazy and get my ass in gear and do something. For different people it's different circumstances, there are definitely people who grow up in a tough family environment and are basically forced to fend for themselves at a young age.
I found out that change is good through the growing up process. When people stay the same then nothing ever really gets accomplished. The changing process is a very gradual process and people need to change in order to better their lives and I believe strongly that people can change dramatically.
I have lived in the same house for as long as I can remember, my parents have moved one time and I was only two so I don't really remember much. My parents have been married for almost 30 years and have...