WHAT IS A GROWNUP?
Teenagers seem to automatically expect their parents to treat them as though thy were grownups simply because they have reached a certain age. But I have met a few 40-50-60 year-olds that I felt like telling them they needed to grow up. Haven't you?
So how can any of us know that we are truly a grownup?
Here are some helpful ideas
YOU'RE A GROWNUP WHEN:
You know there are many things and people much more important than yourself. a child focuses on themselves and what would make them happy alone.
You're willing to say, "I was wrong. I'm sorry." Admitting faulty choices rather than saying it was an accident or a mistake takes the honesty and humility of a mature individual.
You're attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world. Being constantly aware that others are watching and are effected by your actions and choices requires maturity.
You make decisions and plans that benefit all who are around you. And I do mean ALL! A child plans for themselves and sometimes friends but forgets they live in a larger world of family, business, church, community that is influenced not only by their choices but also their consistency, especially with fulfilling promises.
You forgive the carelessness of others especially of the young and regret your own past thoughtless actions that hurt others. It's important to be mature enough to recognize that you have hurt others.
You are willing to learn from other's experiences and mistakes. Only an immature child has to learn the hard way by making all their own mistakes.
You finally realize there is no one to complain to.
GROWING UP IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE BY IDENTIFIYING YOUR VALUES AND THEN ACTING ACCORDINGLY; THROWING AWAY EXCUSES WHILE HOLDING ON TO YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR.