The last book we are reading in English class this year is The Catcher in the Rye. Although we are not very far into the book right now, I find Holden, the main character of the book, to be very. Despite his efforts to come off as mature, and older than he actually is, he is really just a child on the inside. His level of maturity is much too low for him to be considered an adult. For example, he does not even understand his own feelings, regarding the girl that he likes, and his beloved brother who has passed away. He also sees himself as suave and sexy, completely oblivious to the fact that no one else agrees with him. This is probably due to the fact that to him, everyone is “phony” and “stupid”. The way he interacts with others and his general mindset about himself shows that he does not have the capacity to maturely deal with situations and other people.
The importance of maturity is something that I’ve come to understand throughout the course of this past school year. A lot has happened within nine months, and I’ve managed to interact with a lot of people. In some cases, I’ve met people, some who are younger than me, who have been able to fully demonstrate their ability to handle people and stressful situations very well. Although conflicts may arise, they know how to resolve the issues and get things done. I have come to deeply respect these people. On the other hand, there are those who simply cannot seem to handle a problem in the best way possible. Too often do they inflate petty conflicts, or like Holden, they point out the flaws in others but not in themselves.
Everyone grows and handles situations in their own ways and at the their own pace. However, in my opinion, it is important to at least try to mature. The way I see it, you can’t expect people to ever take you seriously if you don’t prove to them that they can take you seriously.