“Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple.”
Growing up has been going on for me for quite some time, and yet I never really noticed. Getting better at something, thinking more before acting, and trying harder before giving in may be some of the many signs that one is maturing.
Growing up does not mean changing who one is or what one wants to become in the near future. One does not have to shed his playful side to grow and blossom. I, for one, still love sparkly stones and polka dots.
Getting older is when one takes full responsibility of one’s actions and attitudes. Growing up is when one is mature enough to realize that the world does not revolve around oneself. Being mature is learning to accept defeat gracefully. Maturity is being able to act with charity.
There is no knowing what age one will fully mature. There is no knowing if being fully mature is even possible. An admired theology professor once said, “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” This shows that maturity is not all just about growing in knowledge, it is also about charity. It is a common misconception that charity is simply almsgiving and benevolence. Charity is also a virtue. Charity also means love. When one is loved, he is happy. It is one great achievement in life to be happy. One does not have to sacrifice one’s happiness to grow up.
One cannot avoid growing up. It is part of the cycle of life. Growing up will result to change. It is up to the person to choose which road to trek.