What exactly is maturity? Is it attained, like Nirvana, by age, time, and meditation? Is it an urban legend? Is it something you need to watch certain television shows and movies? Do you reach it through experience or talking about toileting habits with strangers in elevators? No. It is a lie.
Maturity is the ability to sit still during long meetings. You may not be physically moving, but your brain is doing cartwheels, popping from distraction to distraction, and silently cursing the lead voices forcing you to quietly listen to them. Your brain lies to your body. Sit still just one minute longer and I will get you another cup of coffee AFTER the meeting. No, you can’t have another donut. You have had three already. I don’t care if they are free. You just can’t do that. Leave some for the other people. Try to sit quietly and not click your pen. I need a slight smile, and a gentle nod of agreement. Good. We’re almost done.
If this little story is beyond your comprehension, then it’s way to late for you anyway. You were probably the one who not only scheduled the meeting, but you also brought the bagels and coffee. And worse yet, you probably scheduled the next meeting already.