We tend to believe that the people that get the highest grade in class are the smartest and the older we get the wiser we’ll be. Yet, the truth is that our levels of maturity like the our intelligence can’t be measured in mere numbers. An art student and math wiz share different passions and thus succeed on different academic tracks. We can’t compare one to another because that isn’t what education should be about. Every piece of coal holds the potential to become a diamond but if all we do is ignore it and focus on another, it’ll remain a piece of coal and believe it was never meant to be more. We’re so focused on what is right in front of us, that we forget to look around and notice the little wonders hidden all around. The person with the highest grade point average might have done so by cheating and the oldest person can have the mentality of a child. Intelligence and maturity arrives from personal growth not the numerical kind. Anyone can grow old and in our time it’s pretty much a given, but not everyone grows up and takes charge of their life and their role in this world. At the end of the day it isn’t the age we say, or the books we read but rather the way we act and how we treat the world around us, that determines that feat. Remember that.