I had a nice conversation with my dad a couple of days ago. Among all of the deeply profound things he had to share with me, I found the phrase that he’s shared with me for years to be most enlightening.
“Boys like toys and when they’re threw with them, they throw them away.”
Now I’ve heard him throw this phrase in many conversations (often at the most awkward times - when felt it didn’t logically follow), but this time was different. Following his popular saying was a story about a Christmas with his oldest son.
On this Christmas he bought his son everything he wanted, but the toys he enjoyed most were two guns. My father felt he wasted his money on all those other toys for his son just to play with two of them. Nevertheless, that’s how children are: asking for so much more than they want and will be satisfied with. This pattern of greed carries on into other aspects of life also, especially relationships.
Therefore its my conclusion that the age of maturity (the point at which a boy crosses the bar and becomes a man) is when a male can recognize, obtain, and appreciate everything at an optimal level with virtually no waste. In terms of toys, this would mean not buying the newest iphone when when the one currently owned suffices. As it applies to relationships, stop looking for better when there are no complaints.
And this is just a little of what I gleaned from a loving father.