The way a person changes over time can express the development of maturity. This does depend on the person, of course, as some people never grow despite the experience they gain over the years. In some cases, a person may be unable to learn on their own without another person to help guide them through a rough patch in their life. Education guides some people and negatively affects others. Therefore, achieving maturity is always a personal goal that is different for everyone. Maturity is relevant to education in that a mature person will realize what they need to do and accomplish it in order to achieve a goal, and an immature person will complain about their hardships and ignore the tasks that need to be completed for their benefit. The examples used in this piece of writing will be my own personal experience, a book that inspired me, and my personal opinions on the education system.
I would definitely classify 2016 as my best year yet. Looking at my rate of development, I can assume 2017 will be even better. Why is this? It's because of how mature I am now versus how immature I was as a twelve year old all the way to a fifteen year old. Of course, I'm not saying that I'm the perfect person now, or that I'm as mature as I will be, or anything like that. I'm a work in progress, and so is everyone else. Until I was sixteen, I struggled with how my immaturity impacted my life. For one, I was constantly grounded because I couldn't argue my points respectfully, I failed several classes because I simply didn't care to do the work, and I couldn't hold on to close relationships with relatives, let alone people outside of my family. I was stubborn, and couldn't see outside of my own viewpoint- I wouldn't even listen to the opposing argument. An important aspect to developing maturity is caring about feelings or opinions other than one's own, which is what I did to start the process. What helped me through this situation is my older sister- we weren't close until she moved in with my family almost a year ago, in January. She had always had an inherent maturity, and even as a nine year old she was almost self sufficient- my parents hardly needed to help her with anything. We developed a friendship, and through that bond she began to teach me what was wrong with how I was behaving and how to fix it- and it made all the difference. I legitimately don't know what kind of person I would be now without her guidance, but I'm grateful because that impact it has made on my life has been all positive.
Before my sister moved in, I had almost given up on my education. I hated school for various reasons and had decided to graduate early, however, with my grades being as they were, it looked like I wasn't going to accomplish this. When I began to have a perspective, I also began to work harder in school. My goal was to graduate early and get a head start on my career, and so I worked to pass my classes. I even took a summer class to get back on track. I also became invested in my classes and actually enjoyed education and learning. Now, from a more mature perspective, I can say that my issue with school is that it doesn't prepare us for our future as accurately as it needs to, and we learn too much about things we don't truly need. The problem is that society has changed and education hasn't. This concept is explored in The book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki. As he says, it used to be simple- get an education, get a good job, and stay with that company for your whole life. In more modern days, it's not that simple. With our struggling economy, we all need financial knowledge that simply isn't taught in school. An education can't guarantee a job, and now uneducated people can make more money than people who have a college degree, if they are smart financially and know what agreements or investments to make. Low income people don't necessarily need to be "poor" if they know how to manage their money, and high income people can still gain a lot of debt and leave nothing with their children.
Despite this huge issue, I do think education is valuable. The more a person learns about the world, the more they can use their knowledge to improve their own lives. I appreciate how school requires a person to think- something that many people don't do outside of school or incorporate into their lives. I also have learned to love writing over this past year (mostly from sheer force due to how many essays I've gotten from various classes) and see its value. Writing can not only provide self analysis, but it can help to organize one's thoughts, or show an audience the value of something they had not previously seen or understood. School also provides discipline. Life is about doing mostly things you don't want to be doing, such as cleaning, cooking, and working- but it's made worth it with the pure moments of happiness that life provides. One can spin this into a positive by enjoying all these things, but the vast majority of people simply don't.
Life is different for everyone, and everyone develops at a different rate- some are mature at a young age, some never reach maturity, and some are immature until they reach a circumstance that changes their world view enough for them to change their priorities. School is a part of one's development because it stays with a person for thirteen years, or virtually all of a person's childhood. It depends on the person as to whether they will use this as an advantage, or allow it to hold them back. Education, environment, and genes are different for everyone but a common trait between each person is that they're works in progress, and always will be.