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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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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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    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

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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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    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'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 Oct 24

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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 9 Responses Jul 28

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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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    metalchick18 metalchick18 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 28

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    Although I'm only 21 I have a good head on my

    shoulders and I know where I'm goin in life
    diandre diandre 18-21, M 5 Responses 5 days ago

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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 4 days ago

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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 46 Responses Aug 18

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    I may be a teenager but I still love Hello

    Kitty, pandas, and Disney. People say to me "Grow up. You are so immature. Be an adult." We'll I'm not an adult until I'm eighteen so ha! I can act like a ten year old if I want to. I don't but I can if I want to. Some people give me weird looks when I talk about Mario or Fable...
    LittleRose18 LittleRose18 16-17, F 16 Responses Nov 15

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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 get told I have a baby face

    but act like I'm in my early to middle twenties. NICE.
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 7

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    LaurieFlying LaurieFlying 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 31

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    # Maturity comes with experience; Not age I was

    18 when I got married , I'm now 19 I have overcome so much this last year, I have grown up in every different way possible, I've had bad times along with the good, I suffered depression, on the verge of giving up on life, but I have overcome it all, and thank god I'm doing fine...
    lilyrose234 lilyrose234 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 27

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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 14 Responses Apr 7

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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 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 21 Responses Aug 24

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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 1 Response Oct 23

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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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    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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    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 18-21, F 15 Responses Nov 11

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    i met this amazing person within the last few

    weeks, who i have come to love with all my heart. she is three years younger than me but sometimes act way more mature than me. i love her for every part of her personality. :*
    kwpandas kwpandas 16-17, F Nov 10

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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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    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 16 Responses a week ago

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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 HATE when people look down on me

    and treat me inferiorly because of my age. Everyone older than me assumes that since Im a teen therefore I lack responsibility, respect, common sense and knowledge, and maturity. Since when does being older mean that youre better?
    tarara0414 tarara0414 18-21, F 15 Responses Jan 26

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    God I hope she didn't.

    I just lost my little brother back in June and even though I don't cry as hard or wildly as the first two weeks, last night I had a rough outburst of tears. He was not only my little brother but my best friend, and at times my big brother. Going from what it was to me sitting in...
    BigBrainTheory BigBrainTheory 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 31

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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 15 Responses 5 days ago

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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 2 Responses Oct 23

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    I'm just realizing this year that

    so much has happened in my life that not even people much or even a little older than me has ever experienced. I'm not saying it's not fair.. I just think those of us out there were meant to become more mature because of other people's actions
    lex0213 lex0213 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    My sister in law is 26

    and acts like she's 16 lol. Age definitely doesn't define maturity.
    iamj iamj 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm mature (with occasional lapses,

    of course). That does not mean my classmates are.
    Erotavlas Erotavlas 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11

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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

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    So, my 44 year old husband is finding out

    finally that his father and brother are waaaay grown up men whom have their own wives and lives and do not include him in their daily planning nor even for special ocasions. I have always understood this is as it should be, and tried to explain it to my stubborn husband who...
    DesireHappy DesireHappy 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 6

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    I have always wanted to try online dating.

    Want to try? I will only get to message 4 people starting now go! It will only last for 7 min!
    Michelle1325 Michelle1325 13-15, F 8 Responses Nov 12

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    I'm from the military,

    and I met a bunch of grown men that act like teenagers and even more so when they're drunk
    DorkyGuy90 DorkyGuy90 22-25, M 6 Responses Nov 13

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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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    This goes for my father's girlfriend.

    She doesn't want to pick with people her own damn age, instead she picks with people much younger than her. For example, me. Her son is seven years of age and he acts freakin' 4. He never listen to adults and runs around the house like a ******* idiot (sorry for my language). So...
    gorgeusgirlSky3 gorgeusgirlSky3 13-15 2 Responses Nov 2

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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 Oct 19

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    I always prefer to talk to adults compared to

    the people around my age. To me the conversations are just far more interesting.
    firebird3142 firebird3142 16-17, M 5 Responses Nov 4

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    Life seems very good

    and bad. It is short, shorter for some, unfair or excellent for many. Peaceful, dreadful, and exciting. Pain and suffering are almost assured at some point, but joy may be discovered ad well. All in all, it seems as whats the point. Why does God, bless a lawyer with new car...
    ericramone ericramone 31-35, M Nov 6

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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 9 Responses Aug 6

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    I have been told by adults

    and teenagers alike that i am very mature for my age. Everyone from psychologist to students to teachers have more or less said the same thing. I think things thru. I'm very analytical. I don't just do things without thinking about the consequences i try to put everything into...
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 28

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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 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 5 Responses Jun 20

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    I'm 14, but there are moments

    when I'm really mature (it just depends on the situation)
    JORDANNY JORDANNY 13-15, M Nov 4

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    shanzehrizvi shanzehrizvi 22-25, F 18 Responses 6 days 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 5 Responses Oct 23

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    I like to tell people I'm underaged to see how

    hungry boys react! Guess what! Most of the adult boys I do this to get turned on by it!
    AmandaDaily AmandaDaily 13-15, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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