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How often do you feel like you can’t relate to the way people your age think? Although it might make you feel lonely and misunderstood, it can actually mean that you are wise beyond your years. This means that you have a higher level of maturity than other people your age. A lot of times, maturity is strongly tied to someone’s age, since one’s maturity is heavily reliant on experiences and knowledge, and of course, people who have been around longer have had more opportunities to collect these experiences and knowledge.
There are many life circumstances that can force to grow up in ways that others haven’t (Gencler, 2020). Being more mature than other people of your same age means that you are able to adapt and deal with different situations and environments in a more effective and efficient way than others. Therefore, to check if you are more mature than others of your same age, this article will be addressing 6 signs you’re wise beyond your age.
You value time
Are you someone who puts a lot of importance to always being on time? If you take your time very seriously and manage it in a way to use it efficiently and effectively, then you are likely more mature than others. You have understood the true value of time, especially as you start having more and more tasks in your schedule, so you hate wasting it. This applies to your own time as well as others’ (Brainy Dose, 2019). You now assign less time on things that don’t really help you move toward your goals or contribute to self-improvement. You also assign time to hobbies or activities that help you relax and recover from your daily schedule since this is the best way to keep yourself happy and efficient.
It takes a lot to surprise you these days
How often do people’s actions or behaviour surprise you? Not being easily surprised can be a sign that you are wise beyond your years. This does not mean that people who are easily surprised are immature. Rather, this focuses on the fact that you are less surprised about things because you have already experienced them before.
You have become accustomed to some of the things that people your age have never experienced before, so rather than being surprised, you immediately think of a proper way to address the situation (Gencler, 2020). For example, if you had a bad experience during your childhood, you are much more likely to know how to react to a similar situation now, whereas people who have never experience this might find themselves lost without knowing what to do.
You’re not worried about looks and appearances
How much priority do you put on people’s appearances when meeting them? One of the signs that you are more mature than others your age is that you stop worrying about looks and appearances. You have become aware that there is a lot more than just the way things look (Gencler, 2020). Most people tend to have appearances and looks in very high regards in their teenage years, including myself.
And the main reason for this is that people would seek outside validation of their worth or value (Brown, 2018). However, if you are wise beyond your age, you know yourself and what you can bring to the table, so you don’t really need other people’s validation when it comes to knowing your self-worth. Additionally, you are much more interested in the things that are beyond the surface level, which makes looks and appearance less important to you.
You focus on self-improvement
Do you ever take time off to focus on the things that you need to do to improve yourself? If you do this often, then this is a clear sign that you are more mature than others. The more mature you are, the more will you understand that constantly improving yourself makes life much better and easier (Brainy Dose, 2019). You are also aware that as you keep improving, more paths and options open up because of the progression that you have made and all the different skills that you will develop. This is what will set you apart from other people who have a more passive attitude towards their self-improvement.
You impress older people with your insight
Do you often receive compliments from older people for the way you think and deal with things? One of the easiest ways to tell that you are wise beyond your age is by getting complimented by older people for the way you adapt and deal with situations. People your age might not understand you, but you’ll realise how mature you are when people many years older than you compliment your perspective and thoughts (Gencler, 2020).
You question anything and everything
Would you describe yourself as a curious person? If you are someone who is constantly questioning everything, chances are that you are more mature than people your age. You are someone who prefers to have everything in consideration before going through with things (Cyprien, 2020). You acknowledge that not questioning the information that you get will most likely lead to misinformation because of the possibility of interests getting in the way of truth, especially with the way that the news and media operates nowadays. Additionally, constantly asking questions will naturally lead to higher levels of maturity because you’ll be knowledgeable than other people your age.
To wrap this article up, if you feel like you do any of the signs that I have mentioned above, there is a high possibility that you are wise beyond your age. You might feel misunderstood when hanging out with people of your same age, but your maturity and ability to deal and adapt to different situations will prove to be extremely useful to you and make you an invaluable friend.
Brainy Dose. (2019). 15 Signs You Are More Mature Than Others [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIogzYzVKFQ
Cyprien, M. (2020). 12 Things That Happen When You’re Wise Beyond Your Years. Retrieved 6 April 2021, from https://www.puckermob.com/lifestyle/12-things-that-happen-when-youre-wise-beyond-your-years/
Gencler, D. (2020). 10 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re Wise Beyond Your Years. Retrieved 6 April 2021, from https://www.puckermob.com/lifestyle/10-things-youll-only-understand-if-youre-wise-beyond-your-years/