||[Oct. 23rd, 2009|06:57 am]
The Question Club
When I was a kid, my mom always told me that "growing up" meant becoming "mature." Now that I'm "grown up" (22 is grown up, right?), I don't think that's true, because I hardly think I'm mature. I laugh at fart and dick jokes, I still watch cartoons, I stay up late and play violent video games and watch dumb movies. In some ways I don't feel a lot different that I did as a kid, I like a lot of the same things I used to. But I work with kids, and I know they require me to behave with a certain level of maturity while at work, and to look at things with a mature mindset (such as in matters of health or safety, when helping them deal with problems, when enforcing rules, things like that), and I know how to "fake it" in front of people who need to see me as a mature person, like the kids' parents. So I think growing up isn't morphing into a mature person, it's learning how and when to pretend to be mature.|
Do you think that's a fair assessment? Are you mature? Do you act mature all the time, or like me, act mature when it counts and let yourself be immature when it's ok to do so?
Just something dumb I was thinking about while getting dressed this morning. :)