We are more aware of growth when we are younger, more seems to be happening in our bodies, perceptions, and minds. It is then we can see tangible changes and hear how our opinions evolve and feel our struggle to expand our knowledge. When the breakneck pace of early growth slows we can begin to pay attention to other things around us and become more attuned to the bigger picture of our lives. We discover we have responsibilities involving others than ourselves, and the responsibility to live well on the planet. Once we’ve made this discovery we become aware of more; we realize that there are other age groups, there is family we may want to connect with firmly. We find that responsiblity is not always light and easy to bear but that sometimes the weight of the past is a burden on our shoulders and that the fresh growth of the new is strangling. We must, once again, grow and realize that the choices we’ve made and the responsibilities we’ve taken on will not just fly away on their own, but that we must live up to those responsibilities and stay the course so that we may keep growing. We must have grown enough to discover that the growth process never stops and we have new opportunities every day to build on the ground we’ve already covered and the progress we’ve already achieved. Isn’t continued growth, responsibilities included, a better goal than stagnation?