Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Maturity... What is it?

Last week it came as a shock to me to find that a couple of girls at uni were suprised to find that I was 30, they thought that I was of a similar age to them (early to mid 20s). It got me to thinking about age and maturity as concepts...

Maturity as a concept is usually closely linked to age. Increasingly we are told that age is not of great importance; "you're only as old as you feel". Does this mean that your maturity level should reflect the age that you feel, or the age reflected by your drivers licence?

I've been a uni student for two years now, and as such I've been living a uni students lifestyle. I 'feel' like a second year uni student, I socialise with second year uni students, I relate wth second year uni students, I think like a second year uni student.

I have less in common with my old school friends who are all into their 30s, many are in long-term reationships, have their own homes and are successful in their chosen fields. I would consider that they have reached a certain level of 'maturity'.

This is not to say that I see myself as immature, as far as second year uni students go, my life experience gives me an advantage over my peers... I'm mature for a second year uni student or the age I feel.

Okay, I'm starting to waffle and it's become more obvious to me that basically I'm just in denial about being 30....

Listening to Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease on Down the Road (I think there's some irony there).

6 Comments:

At 4:12 pm, Blogger mintox said...

Dude, I understand what youre saying totally.

I'm 27 stayed in uni for years and have friends who are what I would call my level of maturity at about 3 to 5 years younger than me.

My friends my age are all in relationships, have houses are settling down but I dont want to get old and look back and think that I should have done more.

 
At 10:00 pm, Blogger Jexebel said...

You're 30? Your photo doesn't look it...must be the hair.

 
At 10:21 pm, Blogger cotard said...

Aww shucks... I think I like you, you're welcome back anytime...

 
At 7:28 pm, Blogger Amelia said...

Hehe... I know what you mean. I sometimes forget I'm a responsible grown-up now I have kids!!

Btw, love your site :)

 
At 4:51 am, Blogger Doctor_Spankenstein said...

I'm thirty-one. I like to tell the twenty-somethings shocked at my age that I'm immortal. No evidence to the contrary exists.

 
At 8:38 pm, Blogger cotard said...

I like the comeback Dr S. I hope you don't mind if I shamelessly steal it and use it as my own...

 

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