Right of passage, what does it means?

Throughout my studies in psychology I learned  about the right of passage. The defintion for such phase, according to dictionary.com is: Ceremonies that mark important transitional periods in a person’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage, having children, and death. Rites of passage usually involve ritual activities and teachings designed to strip individuals of their original roles and prepare them for new roles. Interestingly, enough such theory can be understood from different points of childhood into your adult life. For example, when you are 12 years old you are considered a preteen. When I was growing up at this time I started getting small responsibilities to handle on my own. I would take the bus, babysit and clean the house. By the time, I turned 13 and was  independent and treated as such. I left relieved that I could be free to do somethings on my own, safely.  Secondly, right of passage can be experienced when graduating from Pre-k, Kindergarten, sixth grade, highschool and college. Each phase requires a change and advancement in skills to succeed. I have identified different periods in my life that can be defined as rite of passage. Can you think of some experience in YOUR life that was considered a rite of passage?

Thought of the day:

The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time. -James Taylor

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