Must-Read: The Importance of Aging Immaturely
“Act your age!” might be the most harmful phrase in the English language. When you think about it, why would anyone really want to act their age. When kids are young, all they want to do is grow up and be adults. And when adults become so, all they really want to do is return back to when they were young and carefree. And there’s something about this latter groove that older guys get into, where they have to be sticklers to work and have to cut out all of the fun in their lives (because they need to ACT THEIR AGE!), that really could ruin their lives. In fact, occasionally we need reminders to not be mature and not act our age. We need to just act… like ourselves.
So today we’re going to head on over to AskMen.com, where they have an essay about the importance of being immature throughout your life. Take heed, young gents:
Maturity is often spoken about as if it’s on some higher intellectual plane, as if, once you’re “mature,” you’re an adult. Maturity is almost universally referenced as being better than immaturity. “You’re so immature” is often said with the same vitriol as “You’re so stupid.” But, more often than not, the more mature people are, the less fun they tend to have.
And when I discuss maturity, I’m not talking about the guy who lives with his parents until he’s 39. That, in my eyes, is stunted adulthood. Someone who sleeps in the same twin bed in his 30s that he did when he was 8, that’s not someone who’s immature; that’s someone who needs a therapist. When I talk about the negative aspects of maturity, I’m talking about the conscious effort to weed out what you enjoyed in younger years.
So head on over to the link in order to check out exactly why you should be staying immature as you age.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.