| By Steven Kaplan
What defines maturity and adulthood is that you take responsibility not only for yourself, but for others and for the world around you.
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While some say, "I don't take responsibility at all," others recognize that saying, "we are united", or, "we are all in this together", rings hollow and empty when your actions don't back up your words.

We know that wearing a simple mask in public will do very little to protect you, but it will protect others. What defines maturity and adulthood is that you take responsibility not only for yourself, but for others and for the world around you.

If you are young and don't wear a mask and don't distance yourself in public because you believe your personal risk is low, you are a child.

If you are not young and you don't wear a mask and don't distance yourself in public because you believe your personal risk is low, you are also a child.

 

 

Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.