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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 9 Responses Aug 6, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    GeorgiePeg GeorgiePeg 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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    Months, years mean nothing.

    the intensity of each moment does..
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    I know this to be true.

    I am young I admit but I have a capacity those 2 or even 3 times my age often lack. I have always been mature and mistaken for far older than I am but it derives from the simple fact I can carry on a conversation. Do we really expect so little from our youth? Do we expect them...
    KaylaVB19 KaylaVB19 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 9

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    well im 25 i act mature

    so i think but i do have moment when i act childish and my gf always points it out but hey like i tell her this is how ive always been an always will be
    ea91702 ea91702 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 8

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    Age doesn't have **** to do with maturity.

    I'm a young teen and plenty people tell me I act more mature than most adults. Maturity is learning from your and others mistakes not how old you are
    xxcpxx72 xxcpxx72 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 10

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    Just because you're young doesn't make them a

    fool and just because you're old doesn't make you wise. True story.
    Shannon87 Shannon87 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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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 8 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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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 21 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    Maturity can be defined simply by a persons

    attitude, little else! Age isn't relevant to it as much as everyone might think. Upbringing is a factor, a practicality in the definition.
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 14 Responses Nov 19, 2014

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    My ex-boyfriend is nine years older

    than me, and yet I was more mature than him in our relationship. I realised there was something achingly wrong with him, his attitude to our affair. Age doesn't define maturity. I have been on the metro here in Paris and seen two older men behaving like children!
    Rovigatti Rovigatti 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 19

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    PantomimeEira PantomimeEira 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 45 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    immaturity in girls is

    when she wants attention in parties. throw tantrums when she is getting ignored. wear backless to attract boys. want everyone to treat her like princess. she think that a man who cry is weak. she treat her boyfriend/husband like slave. make him feel like he is a loser and an...
    sumit555 sumit555 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 26

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    It includes relationships.

    For example, there is a woman older than me, but I feel like a child due to the behavior of those around me, and I guess that I am grouped with them. Any older women know if that is how it works? Or how common it is for adults to Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity?
    SeeJayEss SeeJayEss 16-17, M Jan 28

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    some people my age are like little kids

    and some kids are like full grown adults, you can't treat people based on age alone, I have had more fun with some younger people than I will ever have with some older
    LauraRiley LauraRiley 36-40, F 15 Responses Feb 7

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    Do inform me. What does the physical age of a

    person say about them, other than the amount of years that they have been living here? An age has no set limitation. For instance- some people learn to walk or talk earlier or later than others. It isn't weird. This is similar to maturity. You see, physical age and mental age...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    I may be only 15, but I've ran into 15yr olds

    who dont have the mindset I have . And I've ran into 30yr olds who dont . I'm able to think higher than most my age. I can have an intellectual conversation with anyone, and forget that I AM ONLY 15.
    gxddesss gxddesss 13-15, F 6 Responses Feb 21

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    Since I was... 12 or 13 I've had people mistake

    my age by about 3 years more usually. Being raised by my grandma has given me a very mature state of mind and I respond to things in life as such. This may seem like a negative thing to some but I believe it to be very positive for my life. Though I have had some strange...
    MyDaddysSpecialGirl MyDaddysSpecialGirl 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 1

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    Everyone has always told me I seem much more

    older than my true age. They add on a year or two, but does it really make a difference? I think not. I just seem older because I choose to word myself and present myself in a specific manner. It doesn't mean that I have a stick up my butt; I am goofball too, but I choose my...
    Essence972 Essence972 18-21, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    Men who act like a**holes.

    Women who are still into high school drama. I don't think age is maturity, it's experience and an understanding of how the world works
    sweetietay sweetietay 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 7

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    I'm 14, but people say I act like I'm 18

    because I'm so serious. When it comes to things I act so serious! Would hate me for it, but they're the immature ones
    Cwebb1221 Cwebb1221 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    Generally, you may think

    that an older person is always more mature than a younger person. However, I've talked to several younger people who were more mature than their seniors or others older than them. I don't think that age defines maturity, because it doesn't always. A person's maturity is defined...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 17 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Kimbizz Kimbizz 46-50, F 9 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    Today is my 75th birthday.

    Three quarters of a century has sped past like an express train, leaving me wondering where it all went. I came from a poor but respectable and loving family, an only child but brought up with numerous cousins so never lonely. Apart from a couple of extremely inconvenient...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 22 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    You can close your eyes to the things you don't

    want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.
    nathchalk97 nathchalk97 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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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 12 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    I'm 16 but I graduated last week,

    I make enough money to move out, and know when to be mature. I just don't want to live alone
    Indeciciveme Indeciciveme 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I am actually 16 but I put 18

    so I could get an account.
    Jiveyguy Jiveyguy 18-21 5 Responses Jan 24

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    If you're thirty one

    and can't even have a fight with your girlfriend/fiancee without running to your parents, then you might as well don't marry her in the first place. Sometimes I wonder if men really never grows up, or he's just a special case.
    Felicity3110 Felicity3110 22-25, F 8 Responses Feb 21

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    I have no intentions of acting my age

    unless it's a last resort lol
    xshilx xshilx 41-45, F 12 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 13 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    I had been wearing boys clothes ever

    since I was 4 years old. Since the only terms I had heard of was gay or "tomboy" then that's what I called myself . . . . . until my mother showed me a documentary of someone who was transsexual. I learned about it more online. The term fit how I felt perfectly. It's like you...
    awsome2 awsome2 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Escape1315 Escape1315 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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    I get called a kid almost every day I am 14

    years old and act more mature than some 25 year olds I grew up fast and became independent so I wouldn't become like my dad and depend on my parents for the rest of my life
    daddysdiaperedbabygirl daddysdiaperedbabygirl 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    People say they are open-minded

    and not judgmental of people they don't know, but so many people won't talk to me because I'm between the ages of 18-21, or when they do talk to me, it's of a very sexual and personal nature. Don't get me wrong, if it's the right person, then it makes for a fun time. I'm not so...
    Bubblery Bubblery 22-25, F 13 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jun 20, 2014

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    In my opinion, maturity doesn't come with age,

    it comes with experience. I find it extremely annoying when adults tell younger people that they are too young to understand something, or they aren't smart enough to understand something because of their age. It seems like a lot of adults act like they are superior to younger...
    xKatlyn xKatlyn 16-17, F 37 Responses Feb 8

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    I think tolerance for different people

    and discomfort of life, and sympathy for suffering people come from good sensitivity and experience. I think they are qualities shared by matured people, but the traits are difficult to acquire unless one goes through friendship with many people and through actual pains. Some...
    katsuobushi katsuobushi 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 21

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    Age is more clearly defined in experience.

    Never making a persons maturity definable. Age is a number, it is said. There are older people who are defined more readily by their haste to impress the younger.
    Corzomec Corzomec 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    When I was a child I played joyfully

    as the child I was but I was also very aware and thought of myself the same as everyone else, as adults. I knew exactly what was going on and diddnt understand why I was treated different simply because I was 7. I was told to stop acting so "mature" and just be a child. And now...
    Alominati Alominati 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 2

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    Lol when I was 12, I acted

    and talked different from everybody in my age group at the time. For the longest time I felt like an old man even though my balls hadn't dropped at the time lol
    DorkyGuy90 DorkyGuy90 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 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 3 Responses Oct 6, 2014