If you asked a dozen people on the street what it takes to be mature, you will get a dozen different responses. Some people will tell you that someone who is older is someone who has reached maturity or old age. Some people can describe maturity as being able to listen. Others would describe it as an antithesis to childhood. Still more may claim that maturity is tolerance, compassion, obligation, or unity. Maturity represents all of these things, and more.
I didn't ask a hundred people on the street what maturity meant to them, but I did look up a half-dozen quotations about maturity, and my point still stands. All speaks about adulthood in a somewhat different way.
In general, maturity is the capacity to respond in an age-appropriate manner to a situation. Kids, as you might expect, are not mature. When disputes occur between parents and toddlers, circumstances turn into temper tantrums and crying. However, as individuals age, they learn more about the sort of reaction a scenario needs. Although a teenager might sometimes scream and slam doors when they don't get their way, they're unlikely to throw the same kind of fit they might have as a kid, and (hopefully) they've grown since then. Likewise, an adult can react to an angry-filled situation by walking away and separating himself or herself from the experience or attempting to talk it out.
Furthermore, when someone is mature, they have the potential to make wise choices on their own, without being directed by a parent or another adult. For another large example, a toddler may decide that it's a good idea to chew on pencils, but both teens and adults will never have thought of it, since they've been told since a young age that pencils aren't food.
Maturity can be divided into five distinct parts:
Physical: age, height, hand-eye coordination, ability to travel in various ways (walking, biking, cycling), etc.
Apart from physical maturity, which people have little to little influence over, and academic maturity, which is learned at school, maturity occurs primarily through relationships with others, or, whether you are a highly analytical person, through active behavioral changes. If you are worried about your degree of maturity, have been concerned about you, or actually want to cultivate responsible behavior, take the following advice to your heart.
Developing new behaviors is difficult , particularly when it requires training your brain, however you can adjust your actions. The next time you communicate with a peer, student, or parent, pay attention to your words, attitudes, and acts. See that you've been interrupting others all the time, talking your mind without consideration to other people's emotions, or throwing the blame on someone.