It’s been a verb in the English language since 1585, but what does it mean?
1. to grow too large for something, such as kids outgrowing their clothes
2. to grow too mature for things or people, such as girls outgrow their obsessions for Barbie dolls
We all outgrow things, and here’s how we do it in the normal course of our lives:
Infants outgrow their layettes and their cribs.
Toddlers outgrow their shoes on an average of every four months and, hopefully, their pacifiers.
Kids outgrow bronchitis, and their non-electronic toys.
Pre-teens outgrow their princess and superhero costumes.
Teenagers outgrow their simple hairstyles and childlike reactions.
University-age people outgrow their need for cliques and their sensitivity to peer pressure.
Young professionals outgrow their need for drinking sprees and alternative dating experiments.
Established professionals outgrow their need for frequently posting social media photos and for partying every weekend.
Adults outgrow some former acquaintances that haven´t grown and some rock ‘n roll.
More mature adults outgrow their dreams of becoming millionaires and their need for
Senior citizens outgrow their compulsion for counting how many hours of sleep they get as well as their need to prove their socio-economic status.
Elderly people outgrow their need to wear uncomfortable shoes and to convince others to adopt their political views.
Truly old people outgrow their worry about dressing to please others as well as their need to explain their actions and decisions to others.
Here are some familiar faces of some well-known people, none of them young, but all active. See if you can guess their birthdates. They are all busy and none have outgrown their enjoyment of life. Guess which one was born in 1925, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965.