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Growing Up

Achieving Balance in Adulthood

Nancy O'Connor Ph.D.

Growing up is a process not a fixed place that a person achieves when reaching a certain birthday, graduating, getting a job, moving out of your parents home, going to college, getting married, retiring or other milestone events that most adults experience in the course of their lives. Staying balanced in a holistic way is the key to enjoying the positive aspects of adulthood. We must grow up physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to achieve the best that life has to offer.

Growing up physically happens when your body changes during puberty, you get hair in different parts of your body, our voice changes, or you begin to menstruate.

Growing up intellectually happens when you go to school and learn new things and can apply them, to your life, beliefs and values.

Growing up emotionally means that you can respond to events in your life appropriately, not over react, under react, or be in denial and ignore issues that require attention and healing.

Growing up spiritually means that you can tap into a resource or higher power either within yourself or outside of yourself, depending on your personal belief system when you want or need it.

THE DEFINITION OF GROWING UP IS THE ABILITY TO RESPOND(RESPONS-ABILITY) TO ANY EVENT THAT HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE.