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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    Droy7 Droy7 16-17, M 9 Responses Aug 6, 2014

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    Age does't define maturity.

    It's the struggles we have to go though and the burdens we have to bear that define our maturity.
    duh11 duh11 41-45, M 2 Responses Jun 18

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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 18-21, F 33 Responses Feb 8

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    Maturity...what exactly is maturity?

    Well, i think that this answer may vary depending on who is asked this question. But i believe that maturity is being responsible and becoming a role model for others. Having control of your emotions, knowing right from wrong, holding a firm will and determination, and overall...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 19

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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 13 Responses Nov 19, 2014

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    Love is very strong,

    but such obscure emotion that can not be clearly determined. Age ... dollzhen not be a major factor in the issue of sex and love and friendship ... has a value of personal sympathy and affection ... health ... If you have feelings and emotions ... and his age difference do not...
    xal13 xal13 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 20

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    A strong man does not loose his temper he is

    simply disappointed. A strong man does not yell, he influences with a whisper. A strong man can be firm yet does so gently. A strong man is powerful yet humble. A strong man is a friend of man …
    extex59 extex59 56-60, M 9 Responses Mar 29

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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'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 19 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    sedr2015 sedr2015 18-21, F 2 Responses May 29

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    Well me most of people i know think

    that I am 20 but I am 17
    AHqt AHqt 18-21, M 3 Responses May 24

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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 4 Responses Jul 12, 2014

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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 46 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    I have no intentions of acting my age

    unless it's a last resort lol
    xshilx xshilx 41-45, F 11 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    My parents say they're gonna stop treating me

    like a kid, but then whenever I wanna contribute to a discussion, I'm "too young to understand." I'm really not! I get things! I could help if you'd just let me.
    justmeinthisbigworld justmeinthisbigworld 18-21, F 9 Responses May 26

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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 14 Responses Feb 7

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    So I met this guy online.

    He shares most of the same opinions as me, and I love talking to him. He's cute, sweet, and very respectful. There's only a slight problem. He's 25 and I am 15. I know a lot of people don't support that kind of stuff... but I don't FEEL 15. I feel so much older. He said...
    Creed19 Creed19 16-17, F 13 Responses a week ago

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    I also hold this belief,

    seeing as I still am ribbed by elders due to my youth. But I've noticed that a lot of you who claim the maturity that most believe lies beyond your year coun, only claim thus because you want to widen your dating range. For one so mature, that's very childish of you.
    yourguardingangel yourguardingangel 22-25, M 6 Responses May 29

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    Age doesn't define maturity,

    why defines maturity IMO is not only the events that have taken place during that time but the lessons you've learned during that time. An 18 year old could have suffered and survived through a lot more than a 30 year old. Hence having a different mature point of view.
    axelyax axelyax 18-21, M 2 Responses May 27

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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 20 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    Dear 13-17 year olds,

    Old people see us as immature because they see us as the stereotypical teenager. Heart johnnykman
    johnnykman johnnykman 16-17, M 5 Responses Jan 15

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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 5 Responses Jan 7

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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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    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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    It mostly depends on the person.

    You have immature 40 year olds and mature 20 year olds. A person that went through a lot of hardship mentally, physically or emotionally will probably be more mature than someone growing up in protective environment. It's not always the case of course sometimes it's even...
    kimchiaddict kimchiaddict 36-40, M 7 Responses May 24

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    I look like I'm 9 even

    though I'm in middle school. I don't say lolz, or use txt chat in every sentence. I'm not some dumb stupid girl, but people get shocked to see that a girl who is the smallest in her class can talk normally. I'm not saying that girls who use it are dumb, and I'm not worried. I'm...
    aprettygirl1 aprettygirl1 13-15, F 6 Responses May 26

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    There was a time when it was assumable

    that those who were younger could not possibly be deemed mature merely due to their age. This is so untrue. Maturity comes with self growth. Self growth comes with experience. There are those who are of an older age that have never experienced that of another who may be much...
    StarAngels StarAngels 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    I hate my life Im an eight grade student 13

    years of age Im really really shy and tomorrow i would sing in front of class because i missed school yesterday . Its a group performance but since im not around yesterday um going to sing alone in front of everyone I dont understand myself I love and believe God But i feel...
    margsmallow margsmallow 13-15, F 6 Responses Jun 22

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    To my chigrins,I fall into this catagory

    and you may even say that I am a model to support this statement.Certainly not without remorse.My tears fall like rain and my heart beats with this sadness.Moreover,that people expect me to be flawless.Something they,themselves can not achieve.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 19

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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 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 16-17, F 8 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    So I am not exactly new here.

    ..I am but I am not...my sister is on here and ya I liked it so now I am:)
    HotKittie HotKittie 18-21, F 11 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    Just saw this in action with an experience I

    commented on. Some people are blinded by the illusion that they are mature and better than the younger generations. :/
    fatality500 fatality500 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 5

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    today,I was asked how old I was.

    I answered 14 1/2. the adults thought I was lying because the way I talk and my appeared center I look 17 or 18. just because people appear pr sound older ,dosnt mean they are mature or not mature.my little sister acts more mature than many adults on the earth. it's just as...
    eve1004 eve1004 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 19

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    Experiencing ptsd, there were years

    where I felt I wasn't growing older. I was trapped as a child and almost believed that I couldn't grow older, and even pined for the years when I was even younger and didn't experience all the pain and sadness. In confronting my disorders and the root of my problems I feel as...
    justbnatural justbnatural 18-21, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    My cousin is older than me obviously she has

    alot of internal issues alot of her friends have left her, so for god sake I said I would be the one that makes her pains less! Let me tell you how stupid call that was, I never ever felt like nothing until we became close my scores suffered greatly, her negative energy is very...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 19

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    I used to be so surprised

    when I would see "older" people than me react in awful ways or make the worst decision possible. That was until my mother told me "Maturity comes by experience, not age."
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 18

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    Maturity.Age does not give you any privileges

    alone. Age does not automatically increase your ability to learn and reflect on life and experiences. I have met younger persons that by far have shown more depth and reflections than those around my own age. I am pleased and honored by a young person that is very special to me...
    IBelongToAlison IBelongToAlison 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    Funny, you never seem to see anyone over

    twenty/five post on here much..
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jun 11

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    shanzehrizvi shanzehrizvi 22-25, F 17 Responses Nov 21, 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 18 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    Kimbizz Kimbizz 46-50, F 7 Responses Nov 29, 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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    viperguy96 viperguy96 18-21, M 3 Responses May 20

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    Some teenagers show good manner,

    care, and respect toward the middle and the old people. But some middle and old people verbally abuse the teenagers. I think spiritual development happens well in some but happens very slowly in some.
    katsuobushi katsuobushi 36-40, M 3 Responses Jun 14

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    Maturity? What defines it?

    Some believe age and experiences are needed.Age? Hmm. What does age provide us? Years lived. Sure. Thereby automatically also years of experiences felt on own body and mind. Does it qualify? Not if the aged person hasn't learned any skills that defines maturity.Experiences? Most...
    IBelongToAlison IBelongToAlison 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 20

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