We all have potential, but at the beginning of our lives the potential is wrapped up and invisible to anyone looking at us or studying us. The outside wrapping gives no hint of the nature, future actions, or future thoughts hidden inside. Guesses can be made, there is no certainty regarding the depth and breadth of the person residing under cover of current inabilities and immaturities. Full potential cannot be realized without the tempering of experience and exposure to example; this is why there is a growth period that involves time and the opportunity to gain knowledge and chances to experiment safely with a variety of the aspects of life. One should not endeavor to grow or mature all at once even though it seems that we have reached the pinnacle of maturity and know all we can ever know when we are actually quite young. Once we reach the point where we know we know next to nothing and we feel as if everyone else behaves with more maturity than we ever will, then we have really begun to mature and the leaves of our wisdom begin to unfurl. From that point we can gain exposure to the sun of learning and to travel along our emotional and physical paths. Shouldn’t we let let knowledge and maturity evolve with us rather than attempting to force them?