Because the emotional labor required
To overlook the shortcomings of others
For the sake of a healthier relationship
Does not come with age,
But with intention.
Maturity is not a noun,
As though it were something attained once off
By virtue of simply being alive-
Maturity is a choice
And one that we are often tempted
Not to make.
We are not mature because we are
Well have it altogether,
We are mature because we have decided
To show up wholesomely
Even when things are falling apart.