Adulting

Lights, camera, action

Part-time jobs and full time classes

The cheap apartments

Shared by three or more

Shabby sofas, drafty windows

Stuffed with yesterday’s news

But nobody noticed or nobody cared

When we were young

And full of exuberance

Dancing, spinning

Performing for each other

In our too cool, thrift store clothes

Saved our cash for the hair salon

And army surplus boots

Looking for the next thrill

In late nights and lazy mornings

Each one a version of the other

Playing on repeat

Running around in circles

Like the records on the turntable

Everyone’s a player

And the beat goes on

A mass of undulating bodies

Like a murmuration of starlings

Moving almost as one

It’s joy of life unbounded

Until the break of dawn

But youth is nimble and fleet footed

And time is cruel but fair

Shows no pity for the partygoers

Burning the candle at both ends

As the house lights come up

Show those tiny lines and wrinkles

It’s last call once and for all

Grow up baby, morning’s here…

*Galway is a city full of students, just beginning their journeys, finding their way. They’re so full of life and free of care … at least on the surface. Oh, to be young again without the burdens and responsibilities that adulthood places upon us. Carpe diem! Seize the day! The time goes quickly and you never get it back.

25 thoughts on “Adulting

  1. I love the imagery in this (the starlings, e.g.). College life was an interesting experience. Not quite so carefree for all students, though. I look forward to more of your impressions about your new home.

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    1. I’m sure there’s a lot going on beneath the surface for sure. I learned just how reasonable a university education is over here compared to the exorbitant tuition we pay in the US. At least they don’t have to worry about heavy student debt!

      I’m sure there will be much more to report. House hunting is daunting!

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      1. I agree that European countries do a better job providing affordable higher education. They’ve had a little longer to figure it out.😉 I didn’t realize you didn’t have a place lined up to live already. Happy house hunting!

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