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Grown Up

Am I actually / really competent at anything? / How does it feel to be a grown up?

THOUGHT TRANSLATION AUTHOR Ian Martin 05 NOVEMBER 2016 20:30 h GMT+1
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GROWN UP



 



I mean, am I actually,



Really competent at anything?



How does it feel to be a grown up?



To know, I mean really know, 



That you’re not bluffing, 



That you have a handle, 



That you know how to read the map the right way round?



To navigate the maze and treat



All things in the proper way they deserve–



Tell me–will I ever master anything?



I keep hearing about potential,



But what good is it if it’s never realised?



Is authority–the right to speak and have others listen–



Just on the other side of that door?



I mean, I fear the floundering, 



The floating through the world and



Doing nothing hitherto undone, 



And of being content with that. 



I’ve only got a couple dozen thousand days



To become someone!



But who am I becoming?



How am I becoming?



Through what means will I become this



Man you say I am?



I want it. 



I don’t want to bluff.



I can’t afford to. 



Maybe the world can’t afford me to. 



I’m just sick of being pretty good at most things



And above average in others–



I want to excel.



I want to grow up. 


 

 


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