Nothing like “What do you want to do when you grow up?” when I am already grown up.
That is what inspired this #clPoem.
What do I want to do next?
What do I want to do?
Now, what comes next?
Why is there even a next,
and not just a continuation?
Perhaps we are segmented
and put into little boxes,
or perhaps we put ourselves there?
This far in my career, if career is the right word,
I wonder what is next.
What do I want to do when I grow up?
Perhaps there is no answer as that is the wrong question.
How about, What do I want to do next?
That feels a better frame.
Onward and Upward.
More optimistic and future oriented.
It promotes building on what the rhizome has already begun.
Based on where I am and what I did.
Content and context.
It takes all before it as a not-so-perfect ladder,
one that always reaches ever forward.
Seems there is not a right or wrong path, but better to think about it and choose the (a?) direction than just wait for one to appear.