We've discussed in the past that maturity doesn't come with age on its own and how it's more of an issue of someone's psychology rather than life span. There are mature teenagers and there are immature elderly people. To those children that act well beyond their age, I commend you. To those people that don't act their age, I hope you enjoy this multiple part entry. I'm trying something new here by splitting it up.
PREFACE: The older I get, the worse my perception of people older than me becomes. I can look at children 1/4 my age that know more than I did at their age with great pleasure (keep up the good work, guys and gals) and I can equally look at people that have been on this planet decades longer than I am and just shake my head at how appallingly dumb and stubborn they are. Too many people that call themselves adults have no right to call themselves that other than in terms of physiology. This applies to young adults, middle aged men and women, and even the old folks out there. The negative stigma of doing something "childish" would naturally make you think it's a child doing the act, but far more often than they'd like to admit, an adult is doing the same thing somewhere else. Let's take a look at some of those examples, shall we?
In part one of this series, we're going to take a look at HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA:
If you've never heard the term, it's supposed to reference the idea that teenagers blow things out of proportion, get stressed out over little things that won't matter later on in life, fight over stupid things with each other, gossip about one another, and so on. The phrase implies that the attitude is indicative of the age range. I'm curious, how many people reading this article right now that have graduated high school have eradicated this from their lives entirely since then? When you graduate, people don't just stop doing these things. The only difference is that you're no longer in the pressure cooker that is grade school where things are magnified and less easy to ignore. If you make an ass of yourself in school, people talk about it and it spreads quickly to your entire social microcosm. A kid being made fun of will be made fun of in front of everyone he/she knows in seconds. An adult out in "the real world" can go a very long time without realizing that people have little to no respect for them. Every office has their cliques, just like the tables in the cafeteria in school. It makes for good television when it's a high school and it does just the same for adults. Look at the CW network.
|This is the cool crowd that hangs out in the hallway before class|
People of all ages gossip about others, especially if they have nothing better to occupy their time with. If you don't agree with me on that, go ahead and talk to an elderly person for a good hour and see how many stories they have to tell you. Better yet, look at how much celebrity gossip is thrown at us everyday (because celebrities are apparently not human begins that deserve privacy for some reason). Kids will come home from school and talk about another student just the same as an adult will come home from work and talk about a coworker. Did you hear that Amanda failed her Geometry test? Did you hear that Amanda is getting fired? Talking about how Jim showed up late to Chemistry class is the same as talking about how Jim showed up late to work. The children at school complain that their teacher is mean and assigns too much work. The adults at their jobs complain that their boss is mean and assigns too much work. Prom King and Queen are the popular people just the same as the person with the promotion is oftentimes the person who has sucked up and made a lot of friends in the right places. The only differences when it comes to work and school are that you get paid instead of just a grade and you require that money to survive instead of just to continue moving on through school. The social aspects are still pretty much the same.
In part 2, we'll take a look at the childish things adults do when it comes to friendships and relationships.