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age = maturity?
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Posted 5/24/14 , edited 8/23/14

KarasuEL wrote:


ace_defective wrote:

Due to my occupation I'm suppose to have a sense of maturity and professionalism. Once my day is over I just go back to being my weirdo anime-watching, videogame-playing self that I've always been.


May I ask your profession?


I'm in the Army, dood.
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Posted 5/24/14

ace_defective wrote:


KarasuEL wrote:


ace_defective wrote:

Due to my occupation I'm suppose to have a sense of maturity and professionalism. Once my day is over I just go back to being my weirdo anime-watching, videogame-playing self that I've always been.


May I ask your profession?


I'm in the Army, dood.


On duty? Reserve? Training? I aspire to go into the army as soon as Im 18, so I was wondering if I would have to give up anime when I join because of lack of internet or something.
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Love your hobbies, love yourself, and be sure to show love and care to others. That's maturity, not owning a house or popping out babies.

I thought popping out babies was the best part....
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Posted 5/24/14
Age is only a number. You're mature when you're mature. You'll know when that is.
Posted 5/24/14
I embrace it, of course. But sometimes the childlike qualities dissipate on their own naturally, and it comes with age. Like "innocence", can't regain that or pretend to be "innocent". Once you hold a certain knowledge, you lose that innocence and the innocent look in your eyes just disappear.

The next thing would be creativity. I used to be extremely creative... could create a hundred stories and song lyrics, but nowadays I can't think up of anything interesting because I reject those ideas subconsciously...

My tastes in anime have definitely matured. Like I can't like something like Pokémon anymore... all these Cardfight stuff doesn't excite me, rofl.



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KarasuEL wrote:

On duty? Reserve? Training? I aspire to go into the army as soon as Im 18, so I was wondering if I would have to give up anime when I join because of lack of internet or something.


Active duty.

Of course you're going to have to give it up. It's only for a few months, depending on what you want to be specifically.
Once all your initial training is complete, you can do what you want on your off time.
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Aokidanza wrote:
Maturity is a state of mind. It just means you know how to act like a nice person and not be an irresponsible jerkoff. Has nothing to do with what you like, or whether you still live with your parents or not, or even your age. I've met 7-year-olds who have more manners than some 40-year-olds.


^ and there is the answer...

Attitude, Class, Swagger, Decisiveness... there is a long list of words to describe these qualities but really it's just what Aokidanza said...
Don't confuse your interests and nature with your level of maturity.
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It's less of an age thing and more of a life change thing. For me, being in college and being in-charge of almost everything in my life makes me realize that I need to make more responsible decisions. Doesn't mean that my hobbies need to 'mature'. I enjoy what I enjoy and I do so in moderation just as anyone should. Maturity comes down to understanding that there are things more important than the joys we get from our hobbies, sleeping in, and all those little instantly gratifying acts.

It's not about adding responsibilities but more about valuing those responsibilities higher than reward. As time moves on and situations come up responsibilities are then thrown at you. 'Oh, your boyfriend's car broke down. Guess you need to drive him to work each morning until the dealership fixes it. Oh, your parents are having financial trouble and need you to pitch in for college money. Better find a job. Opps, your bestfriend is pregnant and her boyfriend ran out on her. Need to make time to help her emotional. All of this while still going to classes.' No reason to go looking for responsibilities, shit happens. It takes maturity to put your efforts into the right places. It can be really easy to forget about important things when you stay up til 4 watching anime. It's even worst when you flat out ignore or try to get out of responsibilities because you want to read manga all afternoon (instead of study).

But yeah, age has nothing to do with it. There are tons of immature old people. And if ANYONE tells you they're mature for their age (or at all) they're full of shit haha. No one who is actually mature says that. That's what little kids do when they want to seem special for their age.
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Age doesn't equal maturity.

Prime example: My oldest brother who is 42 years old, complains about how much it costs to send his two youngest daughters to camp. (One is 7 and the other is 5 years old.) Yet, he walks around with a new smartphone every other month, and buys tablets for the girls. His wife does the same thing. They also buy expensive shoes (like $200 shoes, but say they got them for a deal at $150) and then try and make my mother and father (the girls' grandparents) guilty in order to buy the kids clothes and such.

The real mark of maturity is knowing what your priorities are based on the role you have.

If you're in school, do you homework.
If you have a job, no matter if you like it or not, show up and do that job until you find one you like better (unless there's some laws violated).
If you have kids, provide for them, spend time with them and teach them what you wish someone would have taught you.

Priorities are key!

Now if you don't have any responsibilities or you just don't care, you can do whatever you want. But do not expect people to help you just because you ask. If you knew you had rent due and you bought a $400 purse and/or a PS4 or Xbox One, instead of putting aside the money for your rent, I have no sympathy for you when the landlord decides to kick you out. (Issue occurred with a friend of mine, she and I don't really talk anymore because she asked me for a loan. I said no because she had to buy a Coach bag with the last money of her paycheck and came up short on her rent. I didn't feel sorry for her since she was hugging the Coach and sleeping in her car.)
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thank you everyone for the responses (so far)
you've all really made a huge difference to me and i can easily say i now feel more comfortable being who i am, the only way i know how~

i mostly agree with the idea of being mature at certain times, it's common sense really that theres a time and place for everything. so nows the time to EMBRACE THAT~

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Maturity is how you act, not how old you are. It doesn't require too much besides respect for other people, and having a little responsibility.
Posted 5/25/14
If you felt the need to change over night then that may be the case.
But if you feel age = physical and mental maturity then you are mistaken.
And if you feel the need to change because you are now older, then I'm afraid you have an immature frame of mind.
Go play dress us with your parent's clothes and read a newspaper then come back to us because you know what you would rather do.
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I'm pretty carefree right now. All i do is go to work like a responsible should, because i know that if i'm not making money or not going to college I'm not going to survive. So i just chose the working route. People all through school kept saying "Ohh if you don't go to college your never gonna make it. Your gonna be a bum." Welp no see i just go to work watch anime and enjoy myself and so far I'm still doing fine.
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so i recently turned 18. and i cant help but feel a sense of like.. the need to be more 'mature' due to the age. looking around my room i see walls covered in anime and band goodies, my bed and desk are just the same. and it got me thinking about how people tell you to 'grow up' or that you'll 'grow out of it' due to your interests or personality.

i have a very child-like, careless and just generally immature way of life right now. i still glue to my mum the way i would at 5 years old. and i definitely don't have any plans to be wandering off into my own house and getting married and having babies and being a settled 'normal' adult.

don't get me wrong, you might look at this like WTF YA DOIN UR ONLI 18!!!1 im aware of that but my point is that i do feel there is a pressure there, maybe due to how quickly kids/teens seem to be growing up now, to just kinda 'grow up'. all i really wanna do is mong out in my bed all day, play ps3 and ds and watch anime.

so what's your opinion on the idea of age defining your maturity? does anyone else feel a pressure to change or grow up? or are you happy and accepting in your childish nature?


Instead of having something arbitrary such as a number defining maturity perhaps you may want to look at a more practical measure such as responsibilities.

Are people depending on you, such as family or coworkers? The bigger and more the responsibility, the more there is a demand for maturity in action and thought. If you don't have much in the way of responsibilities at the moment then just relax... Enjoy the break while you can.
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Posted 5/25/14 , edited 5/25/14
It really depends on the mentality of how you see things. there are young people who thinks maturely for their age and there are also young people who thinks like their age, as well as older people who are mature as well as childish.. it all depends on who you are and what you want to be. don't feel the pressure and just be yourself
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