Growing up, I always thought to myself: ‘Am I mature? When will I ever be?’
The answers I would come up after some thought, would always be ‘No; Never’
At every stage of my life, my goal was to think like an older person, and make wise decisions beyond my ability.
But unfortunately, being ‘mature’ is an odd concept that I cannot fully grasp.
If I were to present 20-year-old me right now to myself 5 years ago, I’d consider myself mature, but now, as a 20-year-old, I wouldn’t consider myself mature or wise at all.
It seems like the more we mature, the further we get from being mature. We learn more things as we grow old and as we learn, we realize how little we know.
It’s an endless process where every time I experience personal growth, I learn there is much more to learn, and once I learn those new things I still have long way to go.
Whenever I make important decisions, I made it a habit to always remind myself that I’m still young, and I’m more foolish than I think, and I could be wrong. Being reminded of this always helps me make wiser decisions.
We can never be mature enough, there is always more to learn and experience. The major sign of immaturity is when we think that we are mature, just like teenagers who think they know it all. Sadly this doesn’t only apply to teenagers, we all to certain extent rely too much on our discernment and wisdom thinking we’re mature enough.
What we say, do, or think now will seem so foolish and prideful when we grow older and look back to ourselves. We are young, and we should know that we are.