Maturity is consistently realising we have the choice to pick our response.
There are 3 things to know about maturity.
First, it is not a function of age. While we see it most often in the post-teen years, there is no strong correlation between age and maturity.
There are people who go through life never experiencing what it is like to be mature.
There are older people who behave like teenagers.
Second, maturity is not just exhibited in difficult adverse times.
While adversity tells us a lot, it is in day-to-day living that we see mature behavior shine.
Maturity is about being magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat.
Treating opponents with dignity and respect shows noble character and high class.
Small acts of mature behavior instead of childish and sulky behaviour go a long way in making our lives better.
Finally, we can teach mature behavior in ourselves and others by focusing on the space between what happens to us and how we respond. It is in that space that the magic happens.
Maturity is when your world opens up and you realise that you are not the center of it. – M.J. Croan