I like the way you've phrased things... I know you had to do a revision on it, so.. it's cool how you've come up with this piece, and I think it's great how you've defined 'Maturity' in a way that is personal to you, more so with the way you've tied in a concept like 'popularity' in it.
Great piece, I have to say.. it's one that more people should be aware of.
When I was younger, I tried so hard to fit in, but for some reason, I was just never able to. I also read a lot of books, and one of the books that interested me was the story of a rich, popular girl who was suddenly thrown into a situation where she became homeless, poor, and unpopular, and ended up much more mature and better because of it. It's a lesson a lot of people can learn... Doing something because its popular could seriously hurt them now or later in life.
Not really that much of a big deal, but this was more aimed at the people that /do/ think that popularity is everything, like teenagers and college students in high school. I'm not sure what it's like over there where you are, but I think all countries have their own pressures -- in the US it's popularity, in India it's pleasing the parents, etc.
Thank you. The "I" in the statement isn't necessarily refer to me, it was just a general statement. ^^