We wake up at 20-
on the cusp of adulthood–
We are fierce and bold and ready..
but frightened at…
the big world out there..
and all the choices we must now make.
We wake up at 30- full of bravado!!!
Finally, we are fully human.
Finally we have the reins!
100% responsible for ourselves..
with a job, a house, kids and a dog.
We have our entire LIVES ahead of us, after all, oui?
We wake up at 40. FORTY?
How the heck did THAT happen?
We haven’t got near what we wanted done done yet!
But we feel great! We feel powerful and in control.
The cracks have begun to take their toll, though
with life getting—complicated..
That happiness everyone sings about on the radio–
—elusive –as are the riches and comfort
we KNEW we would enjoy
back at 30…
We wake up at 50–incredulous.
We were 30, like, YESTERDAY, right?
But we FEEL 30 in our brains.
Our SOULS feel 30.
We THINK as 30!
However–There ARE perks.
and collections of-stuff.
Our happiness quotient–has shifted.
Different things make us smile now.
Things we NEVER thought would be part of
the people we thought we would be-at 30.
And we accept it–we accept that we are –50.
We wake up at 60–stoic..
and just a tad angry..
At the world..
Angry at allll those promise we made to us
Back at 30….
Soo many have not been fulfilled.
Our lives , our paths are completely different
than what we expected–for life does that to us..
We wake up at 65-grateful..
and amazed that we made it
to that magic number in the journey,
for so many of our circle didn’t.
We are filled with a sense of urgency.
For most us have fought hard to get here..
Battling on, one way or another—
against our ill bodies
or our compromised minds..
Or accidental happenings …
But we made in in ‘one piece’’-altered.
So I say to you—at 20-30-40-50..
Do NOT assume.
Do NOT waste a day, an hour a moment on..
Tomorrow. Be ferocious in it.
Watch the clock with INTENT..
And accept the wisdom
of words from your elders..
For we know this much is true..
We wake up at………………………………………………
One day—we don’t…