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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    My mental age and emotion is five years old.

    So if I scream and shout at you I just am being a kid. I think people who's younger are most of the time more mature than I am because everyone keeps telling me I'm innocent.
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 9 Responses Oct 10

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    I'm almost seventeen

    and at times I can either act like a three year old or I can be wise beyond my years. Age is but a number.
    broadwaygirl3583 broadwaygirl3583 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 10

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    Age doesn't define maturity.

    Some kids are forced to grow up quick. They learn what work is and raising a family is even if it's just them taking care of their younger siblings while their mom is working two jobs to put a meal on the table. I despise whatever makes "adults" think that all kids of all ages...
    BallinBae BallinBae 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 6

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    I'm 19 and had to grow up very quickly due to

    life experiences, by the time I was 17 I was mothering my mother and young brother due to my older brothers death
    lostsoul4888 lostsoul4888 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 20

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    To bring an example, I use myself.

    I am 21. I still occasionally play with legos alone. I hug my pillows when I sleep. I even named them. And I talk with them(ugh. sad). I play computer games and every other game I can get my hands on to. I love watching cartoons.... There's more but I can't remember all the...
    Zim0 Zim0 18-21, M 3 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    im living with a 50 year old toddler if he

    doesn't get what he wants he has a tantrum and throws his toys i put my 5 year old cousin in a similar situation and he just accepted it so don't tell me the older you are the more mature you are
    DDT97 DDT97 16-17, M 4 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    Age is a ridiculous concept.

    It doesn't mean anything. The fact that anyone thinks it does is testament to how moronic we've become - there isn't one single facet of human development that is accurately measured by age. You could happily tell someone the distance from Moscow to Paris to the nearest mile and...
    sockproject sockproject 70+, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Maya Angelou once said

    that u can pay bills, have children, a home and a car but that doesn't make u mature, it just makes u an adult
    Ashtyn18 Ashtyn18 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 10

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    My 19 year old friend is on his own married

    and has a good paying job doing something he loves my 34 year old aunt can't cook can't stay alone over night live with my grandparents and has worked less then 4 years of her life my grandpa(the one without cancer) buys everthing for her even movies and she's not allowed to...
    mrloweco mrloweco 18-21, M 6 Responses Oct 10

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    Definitely, I'm a teenager I get treated

    as a kid a lot I get told to act my age or act more mature but yeah I have an uncle who argues like 5 year old acts 5 half the time but is 35 years old than that I went to the zoo with my aunt and family they thought I was the 24 year old when she was.... But yep
    Squigglesxo Squigglesxo 13-15, F 5 Responses Oct 8

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    i have experienced a lot of stuff.

    rape, self harm, being suicidal, losing my best friend to suicide, eating disorders, bullying, mental abuse, and physical abuse. people say that when i talk, (what a talk about, how i talk, the way i talk) and the way i act, (and look haha :P), i seem 20 years old. and do you...
    hurtingbuthealing hurtingbuthealing 13-15, F 13 Responses 2 days ago

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    I've met high school kids

    who demonstrated more overall maturity than people my age. Sad, but...
    ceirdyrael ceirdyrael 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    U think ur grown cause you smoke weed

    and going to clubs? B**** please i have a job pay bills and i study , thats being grown .i.
    sk109345 sk109345 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 13

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    I'm tired of people telling me I'm just 16 .

    .. I have been right every single time and it's time my parents realized that
    Hardeepsinghkallu Hardeepsinghkallu 16-17, M 13 Responses Sep 7

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    You gotta love the kids

    that act more mature than the parents ,like really who is raising who? Grow up
    lunava0044 lunava0044 18-21, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I feel so much older

    than i am and its annoying when i get asked why i dont have a boyfriend because i know that if i do they have to be much older than me (when i get a boyfriend he is older than me and my friends are like "whaat") I just feel like all the guys my age are so immature I went to...
    pxxp pxxp 13-15, F 22 Responses Aug 24

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    SoTrill SoTrill 16-17, M 4 Responses Oct 14

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    I think that If two people are in Love And

    one is way older than the other As long as Faith Trust and Love is There it shouldn't matter I think that if love is love let it be free Because when u find that person There will never be some one like that And it shouldn't matter if there 7 years older or younger ~Let...
    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F 15 Responses Jul 14

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    I'm a 13 year old bi girl.

    Whenever I'm out with my parents or speaking to adults, they all always tell me i carry myself in a very mature manner, and i believe i do. The thing is i don try to, that's just the way i am. I have a brother 6 years older than me, so that could also be a reason I'm so mature...
    Rozay333 Rozay333 13-15, F 20 Responses Jun 24

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    I'm 24. I know I'm still considered young

    but I feel old sometimes. I don't think that's shocking because the majority of my friends around my age say they feel the same. But..it's a little weird cuz emotionally I can still be childish and physically I'm doing well. I still LOVE to enjoy life and have fun.. but there's...
    TaoTao90 TaoTao90 22-25, F 14 Responses Oct 4

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    AnnaLovee AnnaLovee 13-15, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I believe experience,

    not age defines maturity. I've met people 10 years my junior who are more mature because they had experienced more things (and learned from those experiences ) than I've ever had in my cooped up life. With experience comes wisdom and with wisdom comes maturity...most of the time...
    migs1910 migs1910 26-30, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    When I get into a fight with someone,

    I want to left alone. Is that a big deal? Payback for ignoring & being locked in my room all day...all of my shows get deleted from the DVR. Tbh, I didn't get mad, it's really just petty and childish. But seriously? Nice parenting. -.-
    MsRedAnonymous MsRedAnonymous 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 15

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    "I was forced to be older

    than my age, the people who were surrounding me weren't as young as I thought they were and weren't as young as their age groups". I had learnt characters in Grade 10; I had discovered the potential of certain people and had acquired the skill to distinguish between who and who...
    DYONGO96 DYONGO96 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    Maturity is being able to respond to the

    environment in an appropriate manner. Therefore I believe that any person can be mature or immature at any age at any given moment. I also believe there is a time to apply maturity and there are times it is completely acceptable to act immature at any age. Today I received...
    nomorei nomorei 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 9

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    I'm 13 years old with goals ahead of me

    and a load if experience with death. Most 13 year olds nowadays care more about boys and how short they can get their skirts. I, however am more interested in doing well in school so I can carry on with my education to become a Counselling Psychologist. I also want a Lamborghini...
    littlefighter littlefighter 13-15, F 10 Responses Jul 28

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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 9 Responses Aug 6

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    You wouldn't believe my age

    because of this! Your age does not define you by a long shot! It depends on YOU and how you act! Not what your birth certificate says!
    mywhol3world mywhol3world 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 12

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    blackoceans blackoceans 16-17, F 11 Responses Aug 6

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    MsMelancholic MsMelancholic 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 24

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    Just stretched my septum piercing!

    Come check out the video & my YouTube channel! www.YouTube.com/1996Ashley
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    I am more than two decades younger

    than my wife and we have been together for 7 years. We definetely had our differences due to generation and culture in the beginning (and still some minor stuff) but we managed to stick together and workout our every differences over time. Now we have a great marriage. If age...
    erikwho erikwho 22-25, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    lamorrie lamorrie 18-21 Oct 13

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    I believe the ability to persevere in a healthy

    way despite you're current state of affairs, defines maturity.
    FreezerDog1 FreezerDog1 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 7

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    I'm 18 and I act like a mix between an 8 year

    old and a 26 year old, I laugh at kids movies and farts. I like partying and listening to old music and watching 80's movies...I'm so strange and awesome
    DevilChild95 DevilChild95 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 12

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    I've had a better time with younger people

    than I've had with a lot of people my age, even teenagers, they deserve a lot more credit than we give them. They know more than a lot of people think they do, In a lot of things, a lot of younger guys have taught me a thing or two haha
    SarahMom1978 SarahMom1978 36-40, F 20 Responses Aug 2

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    I'm more mature being a teenager,

    than my old teacer, who happens to be a paedophile, sexist, misogynist and racist.
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses a week ago

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    Age is just a number to me.

    People say with age come maturity but I have found in a large number that is certainly not the case and someone should not be overlooked just because they are young. I have seen some remarkable questions on here from 13-15yrs that really are inspired. Yet you can get older...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I was reading Sartre

    and Nietzsche at 11, Mein Kampf at 12, Theory of Justice at 13, Plato's Republic at 14 and I finished high school at 17, two years before my peers. Most of my time in my childhood was spent thinking and philosophising while my peers wanked into gym socks. After high school, in...
    JacobStark JacobStark 18-21, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm tired of people saying

    that just because I am young that means I don't know enough to help people and stuff like that… I have been through what I can only define as hell at a very young age so I have learned a lot… But I'm not good enough for anybody no matter what I try to do to make a difference...
    ivvywolf ivvywolf 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Just because you are 18-21 doesn't mean you are

    mature, mentally. There are very immature people that age, I'm sure. A 13-15 year old could know better then a 18-21 year can. I just hate when "adults" on here tell me, "oh u r 13 so u r not mature at all! ur just a child". Not true.
    xMikayla xMikayla 13-15, F 15 Responses Jul 31

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    I'm a 13 year old constantly mistaken

    for a 30 year old based on how I act/talk on multiple websites. Oops
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 17 Responses Apr 7

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    Honestly. It doesn't.

    The 13-15 year olds seem to be more mature then some of the adults on ep, some people need to act their age.
    TrueMiracle TrueMiracle 18-21, M 22 Responses Aug 18

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    I have always been the person

    who never partied, never wants to drink, never has tried any drugs. I just never really had the mind set of my age, & I know others can be the same way.
    kennalynn67 kennalynn67 22-25, F 11 Responses Jul 27

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    People are who they are.

    Sometimes you might meet the mature teenager or adult. Other times you might meet the immature adult or teenager. But in the end it doesn't matter because everybody has their mature and immature moments. It's when we actually see someone being mature or immature that counts. Age...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I could be 7 but that doesn't change the fact

    that I also could act as if I were 11.
    burnedmemories burnedmemories 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 13

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    Age is nothing. Age is a number

    and nothing more. Maturity is dynamic. There are several factors that influence maturity, least of which is your interpretation of it. Emotional health/maturity-if you're raised well, in a nurturing and loving environment. Social maturity-if you have no social issues, and you...
    heartshinegirl heartshinegirl 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 20

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    My friends an my mom call me an old lady inside

    of a teenagers body. I say and do things someone of my generation normally wouldn't My mother often refers to me as a late blooming flower child also
    xXhollypotatoXx xXhollypotatoXx 18-21, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's great that u have a big winky,

    but I don't want to hear about it, unless you've poked your self in the eye with it lol 😂
    Ameliaaaa Ameliaaaa 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 26

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    I'm 17 and I feel like I've experienced more

    than some adults. But at the same time, I'm a child at heart. I just never seemed to have really fit in with some because while their main focuses were drugs and partying, etc... My focuses were educating myself as much as possible
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    My cousin in more mature

    than most of the adults on here ._. And she's 8.
    CanYouHearTheSilence CanYouHearTheSilence 13-15, F 8 Responses Sep 3

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    I've come across too many people

    that are way older than me yet so immature. Too many people lack common values to be acquired at a reasonable age. I'm not saying a ten year old has to have the best manners or courtesy. People should just invest a lot of time into their presentation as the years go by. After...
    clamthatjams clamthatjams 22-25, F 5 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I am quite young, people expect me to be out

    partying, be a nutcase like other people my age. They don't know the real me, I matured long before most people my age. They think that just because I'm young, I don't know anything or care about anything. I am an old soul.
    grimsta1908 grimsta1908 13-15, F 6 Responses Sep 2

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