Essay about Defining Maturity

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Maturity is commonly used word, but when asked what the word means many people simply shrug their shoulders. Maturity isn’t a word that has a clear definition. Being based primarily on one’s connotation, it doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Personally I picked this word up through context. However, upon doing a careful study of where this word originates and other’s connotation’s, I feel I’ve achieved a relatively good understanding. Webster claims the word to mean “based on slow careful consideration,” but I feel there is much more to this word than that. How can a word our society uses so much have such a loose definition. Teacher’s and parents refer to their children as mature or immature. But maybe one teacher’s definition of …show more content…
However can one express maturity at all times? Maybe someone’s “best possible outcome” differs from another, who is then more mature? Again, maturity is driven from one’s own connotation. This is why there is such confusion in adolescents and their push to become mature.
In Joyce Carol Oates - Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, there is a conflict with maturity. Connie, the stories main character, feels she is extremely mature, so she does stuff in her opinion mature people do. This leads to a stranger showing up on her doorstep asking her to come outside and drive away with him. The story says, “She could see then that he wasn't a kid, he was much older—thirty, maybe more. At this knowledge her heart began to pound faster.” It concludes with Connie leaving with the man and our imaginations predicting the rest. This story helps to demonstrate the differences on the ideas of maturity.
One hundred years ago, at the turn of the century, maturity was viewed much differently then now. Children were supposed to of been “seen not heard” and were considered mature by staying out of affairs. Now-a-days, society’s stressing that everyone’s opinion matters. Back in 2003, fourteen year old Brittany Bergquist and her brother twelve year old brother Robbie started a program known as Cell phones for Soldiers. The aim of this company is to donate a total of twelve million dollars in prepaid phone cards to the soldiers to call home via donations of old phones. We
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