Maturity can be defined to as the development of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and volitional capacity of an individual. Other people refer to it as the ability of an individual to act responsibly. It is believed that adults are supposed to be responsible, and hence mature. However, in this essay, it is asserted that maturity and age are completely different.
About Young People and Maturity
Whereas some people may mature very early, some will take a long time. Currently, young people are exposed to a lot of information from a very tender age. As compared to the past, today, the internet and some television programs offer bulk of information that has adult content. Even so, so many of them do not act responsibly. Rather, they have been involved in irresponsible behaviors such as drugs and substance abuse. Some of them have found it difficult to complete school and any other form of training. Simply, they have been unable to keep long-term commitments. Further still, they are unable to interact with adults well and will be shaken at any sign of flattery or criticism.
In addition, researchers have indicated that young people consume too much adult information that they cannot handle. Since their brain is still being formed, they do not have the emotional capacity and the will to handle all the information. Yet, the society may expect these young ones to act responsibly because they have access to the related information. Naturally, such expectations cause conflicts in schools and at home.
There Are Many Adults Who Do Not Act Maturely
Apart from the young people, there are many adults who can be said to have grown old and failed to mature up. Such people may have had a wrong upbringing and hence were not prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood. Psychologists indicate that parents have the greatest role when it comes to the maturity of an individual. Yet, most parents are either busy in their work places, or are misinformed about brining up their children. As a result, there are many adults today who are yet to mature.
Some of qualities of a mature person include the ability to apply wisdom is decision making, showing empathy, being able to express gratitude, being humble while relating with others, and being committed to finish all tasks. Certainly, not all adults can be said to possess such qualities. It is, therefore, affirmed that being mature has little or nothing to do with the age of an individual.