31 is a prime number

I’m starting to look like I am in my 30’s
Not that there is anything wrong w/ that…
I think I may actually like it.
No fear or dread or melancholia when I hit
That milestone.
I lurved it, luffed it… love isn’t even the word for it.

No more feeling like a teenager or kid.
Adultworld welcoming
No, not THAT adultworld
But while we are on the subject…
Funny in your 20s, funnier in your 30s.

How true! Funnier in your 30s
Smarter, more relaxed…
Ready to be “what I want to be when I grow up”
Even though I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Still holding out for my childhood dream of
Restauranteur-archaeologist-rockstar-teacher-writer-cartoon voice
Shouldn’t be that hard huh? I am SURE there is an open position
Somewhere
For one of those.

Taking things seriously
Like seriously, I want adventure, romance, and
Laughing so hard I cry… everyday.
That I am not so concerned with what’s going on over there
And over here is just fine

I know what I want
I know what I won’t tolerate
And I know what makes me swoon…
I know I want more swooning.
Talk to me.
Just hanging around isn’t good enough anymore.
I want stimulating conversation
And to smile more than I crinkle my forehead…
Although, I think I need better glasses because I still
Squint, so please don’t confuse my poor eyesight
(oh no! not reading glasses yet!!)
With anger or disappointment.

31 is a prime number.

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realizing that 30’s are much better than perceived.

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Comments

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodalmost 5 years ago

    Ah. I struggled a bit, turning 30. But with 31 I smiled and with 32 I laughed outright. 33 is looming on some July horizon and I wait for it. I rather like being the age that I am, whenever I am at that age. :D

  • clancy214
    clancy214almost 5 years ago

    31 does make me smile. 32 – no problem w/ turning it this summer… for some reason though, 33 sounds bad. BUT i will try to be positive. :)

  • S .
    S .almost 5 years ago

    love your honestly for real :)

  • clancy214
    clancy214almost 5 years ago

    thank you very much. i like being honest. :)

  • NJCameraman
    NJCameramanalmost 5 years ago

    Ahhhh 33 now that was a year!!!! I remember it like it was…I can tell you exactly what…33 was what year…I’m sorry what was the question? As you can easily tell…after 34 it’s a slippery slope downward ;-) (I’ve picked up quite a bit of speed on that slope.)

  • 33 should be interesting…

    – clancy214

  • pagan
    paganalmost 5 years ago

    I dig this Clancy, definitely a read-out loud sort of work…

  • thanks! i like that it gives that vibe. channeling my inner lucille clifton here. :)

    – clancy214

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    And this is a prime poem. It took me right back to when I was 30ish – and felt all those things so powerfully. I still did not feel quite grown up though – not sure I do now even – and that is many years one. Wonderful writing dear Clancy.
    xx

  • yeah i don’t want to be a grown-up yet! but it’s nice to not be a kid either. :) thanks again.

    – clancy214

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 5 years ago

    Keep following your dream, it may take a while but it WILL happen. It took me 46 years to realize my dream of professional photography.

  • thank you! ahh someday… :)

    – clancy214

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkalmost 5 years ago

    I didn’t mind being thirty either, at least it meant I could stop dancing round my handbag in high heels. LOL Wish I was being thirty-one again. I’d enjoy it even more. LOL It’s the year my son was born. :-)

  • i was looking forward to it actually.. not minding the 30’s. :) thanks for reading!

    – clancy214

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 5 years ago

    awesomely written clancy!

  • thank you so much!

    – clancy214

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