Last Thursday I read a poem at the Poets, Pages and Scribes event held monthly at The Southfield (MI) Public Library. Great event!
I turned 28 this year and apparently that was the cue for people around me to tell me what I should be doing, who I should be and it inspired this:
The way people say that to me makes it almost seem dirty!
"You ought to have this much money."
"Live in this type of house."
"You need this type of man."
"Ooh, and you don't have any kids yet? You better get on top of that-you might have six to seven good baby making years left in you."
I would walk away from these conversations feeling inadequate as if I was in a race to some sort of finish line and didn't have the right walking shoes.
So, finally I decided to try to explore what "almost 30" means
Apparently, it is some sort of big deal, right?
And, what I figured out was the only difference between now and when I was say 21-is that I have the cognitive maturity to define who I am and what "almost 30" means to ME