A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably. ~ By Eleanor Roosevelt
There was a short story about life, discussed between an old wise man and a young boy, which I’ll never forget. It explicate why life is what we make it. And the story goes like this…
High in the mountains lived an old wise man. Occasionally, the wise man treks down the local village to entertain the people with his special abilities one of which is to tell what object is in a container or what does a person thinks.
A few young boys decided to play a joke on the old man and planned to ridicule him. One of them caught a bird and enclosed it in his grip. The boy knew that the wise man would know what would be in his hands so he would ask if the bird is dead or alive. If the wise man will say the bird is alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands; if the wise man will say the bird is dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird free. No matter what the wise man will say, the boy could prove that he is a fraud.
The following week, the wise man came down from the mountain and on to the village. The boy captured a bird and walked up to the village. The boy captured a bird and walked up to the wise man and asked, “Can you tell what I have in my hands?”
The wise man said, “You have a bird.”
The boy then asked, “Tell me, is the bird alive or dead?”
The wise man looked straight in the boy’s eyes and said calmly, “Young man, the life of that bird which you now hold is already in your hands as you choose it, and so it is also with your life.”
What is a Mature Person?
Mature person, in general, is defined as an individual who has achieved natural growth and development. It is having attained the final or desired state. To be more specific, a mature person is one who is able to live life with principles and wisdom both gained through learning from others and by their own experiences. Mature person is able to lead life with high emotional intelligence that aids them to stay calm and think clearly during difficult moments. Mature person also knows how to keep a harmonious and win-win attitude towards other people because they have mastered the principles of relationship. Furthermore, a mature person is able to keep an independent mindset and consciously live life following the principles and purpose they have set for themselves, regardless of what other people think or say. And lastly, a mature person is able to understand that life is what you make it. That destiny is within a person’s choice. As much, a mature person lives life making conscious decisions knowing that whatever the result is, they are the one responsible. They don’t pass the blame or credit to other people.
So short to say, a mature person understands that he or she is responsible for his or her own life. And that the only way he or she can live a more fulfilling, successful and purpose-driven life is when he or she starts to fully develop the attitudes and principles of a matured person.
Qualities of a Mature Person
If you want to become a mature person, someone who can handle all reproofs and hardship of life with grace, strive to develop these basic four qualities of a mature person:
1. Live with Integrity
- Be committed to the truth regardless how much it hurts.
- Be willing to tell the truth even if it’s humiliating and difficult.
2. Be Responsible
- Learn to take responsibility and accountability of your own action.
- Do not blame the results of your life to other people or circumstances.
- Have humility and open-mind to accept negative opinion, faults and criticism.
- Be willing to admit it when you are wrong and know how to apologize.
3. Develop a Learner Attitude
- Develop a teachable spirit that is willing to listen and expand your perspective.
- Keep an open mind to hear counsel and respond to reproof.
4. Be Available
- Be open to interruption and be accessible.
- Value and cherish a time well spent to people.
- Set priorities and strive to follow it.
Personal Development is the First Step to Maturity
Commonly, a mature person is often represented by age. We think that maturity only represents older men and women. But I have come to witness and observe that a mature person doesn’t only denote old age, because I still see a lot of older men and women who have not attained a matured personality. These are people who can’t still accept criticism and confrontation. Who tend to be offensive or defensive to avoid being faulty or to prove their point. There are still a lot of old men and women who still don’t know what they want to achieve and do with their life. And still finds it hard to communicate and relate to people. Furthermore, there are still old men and women who have not acquired emotional intelligence. They are still hardened by life trials and struggles, they still tend to succumb with self-pity and stress which leads them to depression.
On the other hand, there are increasing young adults who have achieved self-mastery and development despite their young age. They have acquired high level of emotional intelligence, they already know what they want, they can relate well to people and knows how to keep a win-win attitude, they stay focus on their priorities and important tasks, and they understand that life is what they make it. Oftentimes, these young adults who have attained mature personality at an early age are the ones who succeed and live a well-meaning life.
A mature person has achieved self-mastery through personal development and self-improvement. By learning and mastering the right principles and attitudes, a mature person can overcome any challenges life brings. If you want to become a mature person, take this as an opportunity to start improving your well-being through personal development.
The first step to becoming a mature person is through personal development and self-improvement. By keeping an open-mind to learn and apply the principles on personal growth, you will be able to develop yourself in living a more conscious life, like a mature person does.
I, too, have been in a stage where I wanted to escape and solve the miseries of my life. Luckily, I’ve found my way out, and eventually became more mature in life, when I’ve started opening myself to personal development. This website is a proof of how far I’ve gone in my journey to maturity and personal development.
Maturity is a choice. You can choose to live as a mature person that lives consciously with established principles and attitudes. Or you can choose to live as you are and continuously be beaten by the struggles and miseries because you have did not choose to develop mature attitudes.
For a final note,
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. – By Albert Ellis