The term life cycle is one that engineering has borrowed from the natural sciences, it is used to describe both the changes a single organism goes through over its life and how the lives of multiple organisms interact to sustain or evolve a population. We use it in engineering in the same ways to describe the complete life of an instance of a system-of-interest (SoI); and the managed combination of multiple such instances to provide capabilities which deliver stakeholder satisfaction. A life cycle model identifies the major stages that a specific SoI goes through, from its inception to its retirement. Life cycle models are generally implemented in development projects and are strongly aligned with management planning and decision making.— Wikipedia (sebokwiki.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Life_Cycle_Processes 03.02.2019)
Every individual goes through a family life cycle. The emotional and intellectual stages you pass through from childhood to your retirement years as a member of a family are called the family life cycle. In each stage, you face challenges in your family life that allow you to build or gain new skills. Gaining these skills helps you work through the changes that nearly every family goes through. Not everyone passes through these stages smoothly. Situations such as severe illness, financial problems, or the death of a loved one can influence how well you pass through the stages. Fortunately, if you miss skills in one stage, you can learn them in later stages. Nothing is lost if you value the inevitability of change.
The stages of the family life cycle are:
- Coupling or marriage.
- Parenting: babies through adolescents.
- Launching adult children.
- Retirement or senior years.
Mastering the skills and milestones of each stage allows you to successfully move from one stage of development to the next. If you don’t master the skills, you may still move on to the next phase of the cycle, but you are more likely to have difficulty with relationships and future transitions. Family life cycle theory suggests that successful transitioning may also help to prevent disease and emotional or stress-related disorders. Whether you are a parent or child, brother or sister, bonded by blood or love, your experiences through the family life cycle will affect who you are and who you become. The more you understand about the challenges of each stage of the cycle, the more likely you are to successfully move on. —PeaceHealth peacehealth.org/medical-topics/id/ty6171(03.02.2019)
There is an interesting theory about a link between lack of crawling and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It all has to do with a reflex we are born with called the "symmetric tonic neck reflex" (STNR). This reflex helps us operate our upper and lower body independently. Usually this reflex is inhibited, or matures, between nine and twelve months. When a child gains independent control of his or her neck, arms and legs, the STNR is matured. This can be achieved through alternate hands and knees crawling for at least six months. When this reflex does not integrate, some of the symptoms are:
- Tendency to slump when sitting at a desk
- Difficulty keeping bottom in seat and feet on the floor when sitting at a desk
- Poor eye-hand coordination
- Slowness at copying tasks
- Difficulty copying from a blackboard while at a desk
- Difficulty with vertical tracking (important for math equations)
- Poor attention
Above all, make it fun! Not all children who do not crawl or only crawl for a short amount of time are going to have difficulties with learning and integrating their reflexes. However, based on all the benefits that hands-and-knees crawling provide, it makes sense to encourage it.— Heather Haring, OTR/L. MedCentral Pediatric Therapy (medcentral.org/Main/Whatssoimportantaboutcrawling.aspx) 03.02.2019
Here you can see the medical benefits of a process of crawling to walking in the infant. Have you imagined if you were born as a full-grown adult? Is that even possible? Is that not going to be crazy? Some people are crazy in a sense they don’t want to go through any process in life. Recently I have one of my mentees complained about a process he just started; he wants the next stage. I explained to him that he was still a baby in the process. He needs to feed on breast milk until he is mature for semi-solid and then solid. He cannot start running when he is still crawling. He must follow the process and get mature otherwise things won’t work for him in the end.
You are not born an adult. You grew in your mother's womb from a zygote to an infant. Born as an infant, you grew into a toddler, a teenager, and an adult. You went through different stages in life. These stages are called a life cycle. A life cycle is the developmental stages that occur during an organism’s lifetime. If you are alive, you are going through a cycle. To benefit from the cycle, you need to be aware of the process. Your cycle and mine are not the same. My purpose in life is not the same as yours. My dreams, ambition, focus, and goals are not the same as yours.
For this reason, I refused to compare my achievement with yours. I have a life cycle process that is designed just for me. To become what I aspire to be, I must go through my never-ending life cycle. I am in my orbit, designed and created for me.
You must stop comparing yourself with others. You are not competing. Your life process cycle is not the same with theirs. Understanding your life process cycle will give you the confidence to continue your development. Self-comparison is dangerous. It is not wrong to be inspired by the achievement of others. It is not the same as comparing your progress with theirs. The reason life is fantastic is we all bring our differences. You’re a loser if you base your worth on the comparison. Know that you can never be better than everyone no matter how good you are.
Your situation is not the same with anyone else. You need to keep focus with your unique condition. Accept the choices you have. They are not there by accident. Most often the universe brings opportunities based on your case through the law of attraction. You often miss these opportunities because you are wasting your time comparing yourself. People often concentrate on what they’re not good at, and they spend their time wishing they could be better. Instead, recognise your limitations, but don’t allow them to limit you. Understand them and then defy them. Sometimes the best way to excel is to set your own rules.
Comparisons don’t leave room for the things that make you unique. Embrace your uniqueness. There is none like you. It is true. Your voice print, your fingerprint, your DNA, etc. is unique. You are the original of you so why would you want to be a photocopy of someone else? Focus on what you can change. Keep working towards your goals. Understand that you are very special and valuable.