I Believe Maturity Comes With Experience, Not Age

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    You can be 18 or 48. You are only

    as young as you feel and only as wise as you are.
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    1 Response Feb 6, 2016

    Yea I find most the elders I meet are

    so stuck in the past and unchanging that how the hell can we call them wise their arrogance and refusal to admit when they are wrong of a new method is better than the 19 century or 20th for goodness sake mate the term wisdom means to use the past to help make a decision not to...
    Poisonmyst Poisonmyst
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2016

    All my life I've been pushed aside due to age.

    I've had more real world experience/education then most adults will experience in their entire lifetime. I'm so close to freedom that I can feel it on my finger tips ,but that just makes it even more difficult to push through. The disrespect people dump on you at my age just...
    onecutebubbles0729 onecutebubbles0729
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2015

    sometimes I feel so much wiser

    and open minded that people 2-3 times my age. more enlightened ...so many people are stuck in their little bubble of thoughts and that's as far as they go. I believe that everything should be questioned, certain beliefs challenged, and TRUTH should be #1 in this world.
    PeaceLoveBunnies26 PeaceLoveBunnies26
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Oct 2, 2015

    I have met people twice my age

    who are quite puerile. I have met people my age who must have an old soul. Experience is key. You could have someone who has been doing the same job for thirty years who knows nothing of life that they've not experienced in that job. A common sensical approach to life isn't in...
    Favager97 Favager97
    18-21, F
    Jan 22, 2016

    Like I've said in another group,

    I'm only 17 years old and I have seen and experienced a lot of things that a vast majority of adults have not. I just think that just because you are young does not mean you are incapable of being mature. There are millions of teenagers that had no choice but to grow up quickly...
    euphorian euphorian
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2014
    adianoeta adianoeta
    31-35, F
    47 Responses Oct 28, 2014

    Being 19, people would expect me to be immature

    and not really care about education and whatnot. But I'm actually pretty mature. I know people in their late 20s who still act like they're in middle school. Thats why I don't get on people for being teen parents - I'm not saying teens should run around and start having kids...
    Lunaloveslou96 Lunaloveslou96
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2015

    I hate when older people try to tell me "Oh you

    haven't lived long enough to experience this." or "You're not old enough know all of that." Let me tell you something....I'm 21 years old and have observed more than enough in this world to make intelligent assumptions and accurate analyses about things that go beyond my age...
    FabledTacoOfDoom FabledTacoOfDoom
    22-25, M
    6 Responses Dec 18, 2015

    Well, yes and no. You can have an old age,

    and still you may not be mature enough. So it is lack of experience and a broader vision of life. But on the other hand you can be young but have too much experience, but that doesn't guarantee your maturity, because maturity is a cumulative thing, it needs time. So all of a...
    Gallantio Gallantio
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 30, 2016

    youngRj youngRj
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2016

    I've met children who are way more mature

    than some adults I know. I think it doesn't matter whether you're a couple years older or a lot older than someone. They could still be way more mature than you could ever be. Age doesn't define maturity.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2015

    When I was growing up,

    my parents taught me right from wrong, be careful with my money, act mature. I'm 20 and I'm more mature than some guys my age.
    SonoftheDark SonoftheDark
    22-25, M
    Dec 27, 2015

    I feel I am quite mature

    for my nineteen years! I don't know everything obviously, but I have stories to tell. I survived and I'm getting my life back in order.
    Zeldabyo Zeldabyo
    18-21, F
    Oct 11, 2015
    coltonfawley coltonfawley
    22-25, M
    Oct 28, 2014

    I no longer believe that women would like to

    see me naked. That is one of the things I've learned. Funny it so long!
    jerryingr jerryingr
    61-65, M
    1 Response Oct 23, 2015

    I'm looked down for being a 15 year old mother.

    I am told "You're not mature enough to be a mom". Age had nothing to do with anything. Yeah I could of had a baby later but things happen. I've been through more in 15 years than most people will ever go through in a lifetime.
    YoungMommy15 YoungMommy15
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Feb 24, 2016

    My first 14 years of life.

    ... they were a living h***. I am 14 and 1/2. I know how to raise children even though I'm not a mother. I have had things given to me, then ripped away without me being ready. I lost my closest family member the day I won my first show! people say I'm not mature? They have no f...
    AlphaOfAPack AlphaOfAPack
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Feb 27, 2016

    Some of the wisest people I have encountered

    haven't all been elderly of years, but experienced with the world. I am mindful of the priests I have spoken with at church who reveal the wisdom of the Ages.
    Kontaxi95 Kontaxi95
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2016

    Everyone says that i am imature just

    because i look like a 10 years old kid. and i am 15. i am small and little. everyone calls me a barbie doll. just because i look younger doesnt mean that i am imature. my parents says that i am imature. my friends my colleges the teachers. everyone just everyone. i have learned...
    mlplights mlplights
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 3, 2015
    bshellyb16 bshellyb16
    26-30, F
    Mar 26, 2016

    People think that the younger you are the more

    mature you're going to be. It's not true. Maturity is built by life experiences. NOT BY AGE!
    olivia16yes olivia16yes
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 8, 2014

    Ive been driving from 10/11 years old.

    Speed is in my blood and I love pushing every car I drive almost daily especially on bends. I love bends and seeing how much grip cars have to give. Sports cars should be able to handle daily punishment. thats my belief. 1 of the very few reasons I still smile. My favourite...
    SoulsHurt SoulsHurt
    26-30, M
    1 Response Feb 20, 2016

    Definitely part the reason I hate it

    when people say oh your just a kid. I'm at 15 more mature than some 25 year olds.
    sassygirl15 sassygirl15
    16-17, F
    6 Responses Aug 13, 2015

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    RandomGirl152025 RandomGirl152025
    16-17, F
    Oct 19, 2015

    I've met 12 year olds with a greater sense of

    responsibility than some 60 year olds. I really don't care much about your age or your hubris. Too many people on here seem to identify with this superiority by age narcissism complex. Millennials blame the baby boomers, and the baby boomers blame the Millennials. And if it...
    MeadowLark4 MeadowLark4
    Jan 21, 2016

    A lot of adults think

    that just because I am only 18 that I am not mature yet. -I have never had sex yet because I want to wait till I am married. -I have drank before but I don't drink. -I smoke a cigarette once in my life, and it was a fake cigarette. -I don't curse in every other sentence. -I...
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    11 Responses Aug 31, 2015

    I'm seriously wondering

    if I'll ever going to experience something a normal 19 years old young woman would experience without it to be negative. It really does bother me to feel like my life it's all abnormal...
    AfricanGirl19 AfricanGirl19
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 26, 2015

    Some people older than me still act like little

    six years old and some people younger than me act very mature. I believe that is because of what they have experienced and some people know how to react better than others because of experiences.
    JordynRenee1023 JordynRenee1023
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 29, 2014

    one can 30 but still be immature,

    wherein a person in his late teens can b more mature that the 30 year old. Maturity is a learning, not a habit.
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    Aug 14, 2015

    You could be 30 but have had no experiences

    or life or you could be 12 and had lots of experiences
    charlotte8482 charlotte8482
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Feb 6, 2016

    It's easiest for me to use an example,

    my brother is 21 and has led a life of crime and now has a few kids and another on the way. He's never taken the safe or easy road but we never had anything we wanted and didn't get as kids, he was spoiled and taken very good care of, yet his maturity level is just... Not there...
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    5 Responses Jan 26, 2015

    There are still adults I feel I can't go to

    for help due to closed-mindedness or irresponsibility. Age does not matter, the psyche does.
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    1 Response Dec 21, 2015

    I'm 15 years old. I don't use drugs

    but I am sexually active (not including sex), when I was about 5 or 6 my parents had a fight that resulted with the police at our door, social services, a visit to the hospital, and neighbors staring out their windows or standing on their porch watching us leave the house...
    Atljjay Atljjay
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 25, 2015

    I matured when i met the girl

    who i later married I was very strongly attracted to her I asked her for date and later that night we had wonderful sex. I married her two yr later . I did not know she was already engaged when I dated her. She asked if i was serious about her and I said yes so she broke up...
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    Mar 4, 2016

    to many being accepted is important,

    but they don't realise that it's not everything. There are many ways of bring mature. but being oder has nothing to do with it. being tolerant, or understanding don't have much to do with it. We just need to Lean that accepting others the way they are , is accepting who...
    ilistenbutdontsaymuch ilistenbutdontsaymuch
    56-60, M
    Oct 13, 2015

    Maturity comes from experience,

    while experience comes with age. They're not mutually exclusive factors. Age is a fairly reliable way to estimate maturity, but there are exceptions to everything. I disagree. Age should never be a factor, when evaluating someone's level of maturity. Age should never be a...
    nivanvc nivanvc
    41-45, M
    Dec 6, 2015

    I have met so many people

    who have no idea what to do with themselves. They act so immature because they havent gone through tough situations. They complain about the silliest things and they just infuriate me. I know I must be patient with people like that but it is a difficult task. Well one reason is...
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    2 Responses Jun 27, 2015

    ...and it is a sign over over maturity

    and too much experience when you cannot find your last post to this group and their is a screaming fan club outside :)
    Jerryattic Jerryattic
    51-55, M
    Jan 4, 2016

    I am in my mid 30's and feel that

    as we do get older that maturity becomes more prevalent and defined... I know some older adults can act like immature kids and seem as though maturity doesn't occur with age but that's not the majority of them...
    John2526 John2526
    36-40, M
    Jan 13, 2016

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having

    the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so....and keep repeating their personal history...
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jul 24, 2015

    In my childhood I was abused

    and lived with an alcoholic mother and my father wasn't around often. I had to learn to take care of myself. I feel like I was forced to grow up quickly and I didn't have much of a childhood at all. I have always been "mature for my age" as people tell me, But I believe that...
    yellowtulip7 yellowtulip7
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 1, 2016
    TheRebel99 TheRebel99
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 14, 2015

    life toooo short...so y we r wate of tym in

    youngRj youngRj
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jan 20, 2016

    I'm 13 and some people say

    that I act like a 18 year old! Well, only when I want to - which is most of the time.
    GlitteryNutFan GlitteryNutFan
    13-15, F
    Sep 4, 2015

    People expect me to be like your average

    teenage girl, which is a bunch of bull. I've had a couple of life changing experiences and I like to live life to the full. I tried finding a job but I'm far too young. I WANT TO BE INDEPENDENT!! I don't like relying on people. :) x
    IamLJ IamLJ
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2015

    I wish I didn't mentally feel like I was in my

    late 20s. Everyone my age seems so immature. I connect more with people in their 20s to late 30s.
    HollyMaria954 HollyMaria954
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 19, 2015

    I am 18 years old, and the man

    that I believe that I love is 32 (nearly twice my age). I'm terrified to tell my parents because they've always told me that they would not approve of me dating anyone over 25. He's the greatest guy that I've ever met, but I'm terrified that they won't see that same.
    cotteykitten cotteykitten
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Mar 9, 2015

    Experience is knowledge.

    Knowledge is a loss of innocence. Maturity is the loss of innocence. Therefore maturity comes with experience.
    Wildpurplesky Wildpurplesky
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jan 30, 2016

    I have always been that type of person to know

    about stuff without prior experience. Now, my stepfather in his small world claims that I'm still young and need learn about life. Remind you, I knew things at an early age, and things that no child should have knowledge about. I know for a fact that my stepfather thinks that...
    OldSoulRedux OldSoulRedux
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 24, 2015

    I have experienced many things,

    great and otherwise. Some of the events on my timeline seem surreal to me that they actually occurred. However, these circumstances all formed my mature and understanding mindset, helping me to empathize with other people and do things I never thought possible for me.
    beautifulbizarre beautifulbizarre
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2015

    so true I've met some older people with the

    maturity of an infant but ive also met young people with wisdom beyond there years !!!!
    chris7379 chris7379
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jul 25, 2015

    My childhood caused me to grow up quickly.

    I began to have a greater understanding of life when i started going to counselling at the age of 5..You lose your childhood innocence when you come from a home filled with addiction, abuse, and separation. The only thing you have is you. Self-awareness is key and i think it...
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    1 Response Jan 21, 2016
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