What is maturity?

What sets you off? What brings you joy? Know this.
Will you think before you act? You must try.
Can you work today and defer your bliss?
Shall you look beyond your needs? Ask them why
To discover what’s in their heart. Learn who
Is in the room with you. Know who you are.
These steps mature your soul and can undo
The natural narcissism that scars
Your chance to foster friendships with souls who
Would like to love you back but will not if
You hurt those around you. Do you want to
Mature? To have wise friends? Then climb the cliff
Of character, and cultivate restraint.
See friends for what they are, and for what they ain’t.
-Allegra Jordan, 2018.