Honors English 10
28 January 2015
Merriam-Webster defines maturity as "having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult". Maturity is so much more than that though. Some adults are just jumbo-sized children, so the definition of maturity cannot always go according to adults. Maturity is more than just growing old; it is about finding yourself and becoming a capable human being. The characteristics of a mature person are having resilience and accepting that change is inevitable and reacting accordingly, having self-confidence, and accepting responsibility.
In life, things don't go according to plans. The only constant in life is that there will always be disappointments and changes in plan. Maturity is accepting these changes and choosing to react calmly, instead of blowing things out of proportion. Perseverance is wisdom; not letting setbacks stop you from accomplishing your goal. Becoming a mature person is never giving up and learning from your mistakes. Failure is not an option; you need to pick yourself up and try again. In order to be mature, you can never give up and need to better yourself from previous mistakes.
You can never make everyone happy at the same time. No matter what you do, there will always be someone to find fault with your actions. An important aspect of maturing is realizing this, and having enough self-confidence to not let the haters bring you down. Maturity is standing strong and maintaining your values, whether people agree with you or not. At the end of the day what matters is if you remained true to yourself. Of course it feels good to be complimented by others, and people's approval matters, but there will always be people who won't agree with you, and you just need to accept that and do what you feel is right. Not being too mainstream and having the confidence to stick with what you believe is a major part of maturity.
Without accepting responsibility...
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