What is a grown up? This is totally taken from AARP’s magazine July and August:
Fifty years is an arbitrary as any other measurement of time. Many regard this birthday as a milestone. Fifty used to mean you were old. Now it is middle-aged, even young.
Human maturity isn’t predictable like the ripening of a piece of fruit. Growing up is a PROJECT (JOB) one embarks on or FAILS to embark on, the success of which can be OBSERVED at practically any age.
A thoughtful person of 25 may be considered wise beyond his years. An 85-year-old may be self-absorbed, childish.
Real wisdom is more than accumulated knowledge.
How do you know when you are a grown up?
You know when you are a grown-up when:
You know there are many things more important than yourself.
You’re attentive to the footprint you will have left in the world.
You forgive the carelessness of the young, and regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth
You finally realize that you have no one to complain too (and I don’t mean you don’t have God – it’s different)
GROWING UP IS A CHOICE.
The journey begins with the simplest of steps:
Identify your values, than ACTING accordingly. This means jettisoning the excuses that have previously blocked your path (I’m too tired, “I don’t have the time,” etc.) And then the tricky part: doing all this while retaining your sense of humor.
Few accomplish these goals. (Total successes would mean you are a Saint).
The most important thing is to point yourself in the right direction and start marching. (DO, TRY, ACT)
The alternative is to have a life that has a beginning, a middle, and an end – that’s all.
I sure wish everyone believed this way.