What does maturity have to do with well-being? A lot. Maturity comes in different ways. There are circumstances in life that forces us to mature, experiences that we go through over and over that leaves us with no option but to learn from those lessons of life. But more so, I think in order to mature, there needs to be a willingness to mature. I believe maturity is essential to well-being because when we are willing to mature it means we are willing to grow and growth is part of wellness.
Growth is what leads us to become better human beings on every level. Maturity requires us to grow. Without the willingness to mature, we become stuck and when we are stuck, eventually we will become miserable even if at the moment we may feel comfortable. Maturity does lead us to having the life that we want. For example, it takes maturity to be in a healthy, loving relationship. To know what your needs and wants are, to be willing to commit to another person, to be willing to take time for a relationship takes growth from your part because you had to look within to know these things about yourself. That takes maturity. Another example, to realize that it is ultimately you who is responsible for taking care of yourself, for taking care of your health, for making sure that you eat right takes maturity because it means that you took ownership of your life. For some it is easier to put the responsibility on the doctor for their health, it is easier to make a loved one responsible for whether or not they eat. It takes a certain level of maturity to take ownership of your mistakes and to learn from them.
The process of maturity is not easy because it requires changes and changes can feel quite uncomfortable. It feels uncomfortable because as human beings we feel comfort in the usual stuff even if that means that the usual isn’t working for us. For us it feels better to leave everything as is. The only problem with this is that sooner or later reality will hit us until we can no longer remain where we are.
For this reason, one of the things that we should be willing to do is to mature in every way each day. We are the sum total of what we do on a daily basis and it is for this reason that we should be willing to mature in every way. Growth leads us to true well-being.
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