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Growing Pains

It takes a long time for some people to grow up. Adulthood
was thrust upon me at eighteen but I wasn't ready then to
be settled and mature. I think I was at least sixty before
I became really responsible. For instance, I did not have
health insurance until then and it didn't worry me. I considered it a big waste of money.

I have always chosen to be happy. Sometimes it entails
choosing a risky path fraught with thorns but generally
it has worked out.

I define true maturity as being able to motivate oneself
and persist in spite of frustration, good impulse control
and the ability to delay gratification, to think things
through even when you are distressed, to be hopeful and
sensitive to the needs of others.

It is essential to be flexible and to take risks when the
outcome really matters. To be really happy you have to
have the ability to live in the moment and to savor it
because the now is all that we truly have.

posted on Jan 8, 2013 8:59 AM ()


I LOVE your definition of maturity! Good words to live by.
comment by maggiemae on Jan 20, 2013 6:10 PM ()
I think my level of maturity zigged when it should have zagged.
comment by dragonflyby on Jan 16, 2013 1:43 PM ()
I think some of it has to do with our satisfaction with our lives - we make a little review and decide we've finally got things under control, so must have matured in our outlook.
comment by troutbend on Jan 11, 2013 10:37 PM ()
My development mirrors yours -- took me a long time to grow up. Now that I am here, I have to savor the minutes.
comment by tealstar on Jan 11, 2013 5:56 PM ()
Nice definition of maturity. I got there sooner only because I didn't have any enablers. Drinking an growth usually don't go together. Ah.. I'll blog the rest myself!
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 8, 2013 6:14 PM ()
That would be nice to arrive sooner. It may seem ridiculous but the golden
years have been the best for me. I am sure that is true only when your
health is good.
reply by elderjane on Jan 10, 2013 2:39 AM ()
Have taken a few risks in my life some ok some so so but everything has turned out well. people say She'll be sweet my saing is Everything in the garden is lovely
comment by kevinshere on Jan 8, 2013 3:35 PM ()
True. There are a lot of flowers along the way.
reply by elderjane on Jan 10, 2013 3:56 AM ()
Well said! I feel the same way, Jeri....
comment by marta on Jan 8, 2013 10:31 AM ()
You know the old saying, "Too soon old, too late smart".
reply by elderjane on Jan 10, 2013 3:57 AM ()
I am not sure if I had growing pains,it must have stop when I mature.If I did.
comment by fredo on Jan 8, 2013 9:27 AM ()
You still know how to have a good time!
reply by elderjane on Jan 10, 2013 3:58 AM ()
Hmmm if that's the definition then I have a long way to go... Glad ya got there! Not sure I will.
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 8, 2013 9:02 AM ()
It takes some of us longer to get there.
reply by elderjane on Jan 10, 2013 3:59 AM ()

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