To be irritated by this Facebook post?

(252 Posts)
MattDillonsPants Wed 24-Feb-16 06:50:06

I think it's an actual poem but not certain....either way it's frigging stupid. We all, as adults have to take responsibility for ourselves. This post seems to suggest that being an eternal backpacker is a good idea!

I don't think so and I suspect it was written by someone in their late 20s who still has the energy to "bathe in bio-luminescence and lie in a dirt road staring at the moon"

FFS. hmm

I will never be a well behaved woman.

I would rather pass my days lying in the middle of dirt roads, staring at the full moon with a bottle of summer red in my palms.

I would rather have kids when it suits me, not when society expects or throws shoulds.

I would rather live in a hammock on a beach for six months, and write like my soul means it.

I would rather be horribly broke at times, than married to a job because a mortgage payment has my ass on a hook.

I would rather own moments, than investments.

I would rather eat alone, than sit with women who bore me at 'Wives’ Night.”

I would rather swim naked with bioluminescence, have it fall like fireflies from my hair, my breasts, my back.

I would rather do handstands naked in the moonlight when no one’s watching than pick bridesmaid dresses.

I would rather drink seven year old rum from a sandy bottle, smell of smoke and ash than sit in church.

I would rather learn from life than rack up debt, in a desk.

I would rather drink the ocean, again and again—celebrate being madly alive.

I would rather my love be defined by love itself, and nothing more or less.

I don’t need a ring on my finger to prove that I am in love.

I would rather take the chicken bus, than spend useless money in safe gated communities. Sit beside a goat, listen to raggaeton and eat green mango with sugar in a plastic bag sold from the woman who harasses the bus each time it stops.

I do not need a degree to prove that I am intelligent.

I do not need to own a piece of earth with some wood on top of it—to feel successful. No one truly owns the land, anyway—we just think we do.

My savings account has diddly to do with my richness.
I would rather sprawl my single ass out like a lioness each morning and enjoy each corner of my empty bed.

I will take a job I love and freedom over a pension, any day.

I will not work and work and work to live when my body is old and I am tired.

Stocks are for people who get boners from money.

Not everyone should have kids, and my eggs aren’t expiring.

I will not drink the societal Kool-Aid on a bus, nor will I drink it on a train.
Not on a plane, with a goat, in the rain, in the dark, in a tree, with a fox, in a box!

I will not jump through societies’ hoops and red tape, the treasure hunt in the rat race we chase.

If we must have milestones—mine will be measured by how much joy I have collected at the end of each day and how often in this life I have truly, deeply, opened.

Seek, see, love, do.

Nogoodblood Wed 24-Feb-16 06:54:07

It's ridiculously exaggerated, isn't it?

There is definitely an expectation though (and I have seen it on here) - twenties are for travelling; thirties are for marrying and babies. It's a reaction against that, but it's a bit daft to suggest some of us who break the status quo are wandering around fields and lanes with bottles of red wine! hmm

JoandMax Wed 24-Feb-16 06:55:52

God I hate shit like that!

Totally selfish attitude

Darrowisred Wed 24-Feb-16 06:55:59

I am married with kids and a job and I quite like this!

MattDillonsPants Wed 24-Feb-16 06:57:06

Yes! As though if you don't have babies and you're not skipping across the Sahara in a kaftan then you're a failure.

What if you want to be a banker, not have kids and never drink? I suppose that's naff.

I will never be a badly behaved woman.

I would rather catch the 7.30 train every day and arrive in my office at 9.00 than traipse the globe, living out of a backpack.

Kerberos Wed 24-Feb-16 06:57:42

I think it's a harmless push back against expectations. Live your life the way you want to. Taken too literally it's daft yes. But taken in the spirit of its meaning then it's quite thought provoking.

Life is life. Sometimes we think we have to do things to fit in. This poem says no.

I like it. Although not as a Facebook post smile

MattDillonsPants Wed 24-Feb-16 06:58:32

Perhaps it's just too long Kerberos I see your point...and the writer could have made THEIR point in about a third of that space.

OddBoots Wed 24-Feb-16 06:59:14

It reads like something someone wrote in an attempt at self soothing when feeling pangs of fear that their life won't turn out how they really hope it will. There is probably truth in it for the person writing it but there is also a heck of a lot of bravado.

But like most things Facebook, it is easily ignored.

BippityBoppityBullshit Wed 24-Feb-16 07:01:24

God this is painful. It's so try hard and hipster, particularly this bit -
I would rather take the chicken bus, than spend useless money in safe gated communities. Sit beside a goat, listen to raggaeton and eat green mango with sugar in a plastic bag sold from the woman who harasses the bus each time it stops.

And this bit is all well and good until you need to draw a pension are complaining you have no money I will take a job I love and freedom over a pension, any day.

Bellygirl Wed 24-Feb-16 07:02:45

Do people actually live that life? Sounds a little bit unrealistic hmm

BippityBoppityBullshit Wed 24-Feb-16 07:03:11

I should say the sentiment behind it is good -do what works for you not what people say you should , but I just think its way too long and terribly written

Nospringflower Wed 24-Feb-16 07:03:28

I agree with Kerberon. I think it's a bit much but the sentiments are reasonable. Not sure why it provokes such a reaction from people unless they perceive it as critical of their life choices.

molyholy Wed 24-Feb-16 07:04:09

Oh god. Vomit. Too flowery. It could be summed up in one sentence. I'm not going to conform'. Which is fine. I am happy with my husband, child, job home, but realise it isn't for everyone, but the poem is a bit the lady doth protest too much.

Theydontknowweknowtheyknow Wed 24-Feb-16 07:09:35

But how will that person pay for that wonderful lifestyle? It's all a bit unrealistic

patienceisvirtuous Wed 24-Feb-16 07:11:52

What an annoying puke fest.

Walkacrossthesand Wed 24-Feb-16 07:12:06

And of course, in the UK at least (tho' the piece seems to be about somewhere hot - Jamaica?) the 'free as a bird' lifestyle is generally heavily subsidised by benefits provided by the taxes paid by all the despised wage slaves...the deep irony of the anti-bourgeois life!

AntiquityReRises Wed 24-Feb-16 07:12:54

Oh I would've posted stuff like that if Facebook was around in my day! Fuck convention & yay to adventure! Then you grow up and realise the real freedom in life happens when you have the money to buy it, including red wine, rum and time on sandy beaches romanticising the poverty of a mango seller.

Theydontknowweknowtheyknow Wed 24-Feb-16 07:16:48

YY Antiquity. That was me too in my 20s. The problem is your ovaries do have an expiry date and jobs you love are few and far between.

And now I must hoik myself out of bed and go to semi boring job ..hmm

Lotsofplanetshaveanorth Wed 24-Feb-16 07:16:49

I would have said that when I was 20. I was a twat (still a twat now of course...but with a job and kids)

Thefitfatty Wed 24-Feb-16 07:17:14

Did a good deal of that stuff in my 20's. But don't remember being incredibly happy at the time (mindless traveling was usually the result of a recent heartbreak). Glad to have left it all behind and have kids, a career and a DH.

puthyjip43 Wed 24-Feb-16 07:17:42

Sounds like it was written by a 20 year old who took a gap year to Thailand and HAS FOUND HER/HIMSELF.
Pretentious wank. I'm sure they will change their tune when they realise you can't really get by in life eating green mangoes on chicken buses with luminous boobs forever

SqueegyBeckinheim Wed 24-Feb-16 07:17:48

I think this was written by Auntie Angela from Outnumbered.

And you should not drink the ocean, seawater is not good for you.

LumpySpacedPrincess Wed 24-Feb-16 07:18:56

Trouble is it is just having a pop at how other people choose to live. Write a poem celebrating your choices, great. It's the fact that it holds every aspect of their Oh So Cool existance up to something normal women might do and deems it far superior.

Whoever posted it is screaming Look at me, I'm not ordinary!!!!

TendonQueen Wed 24-Feb-16 07:19:22

That's very badly written. You can't have a bottle in your 'palms'; you need fingers to grip. Feel however you like, but don't inflict terrible poetry about it on others.

Lotsofplanetshaveanorth Wed 24-Feb-16 07:19:40

Also just the wankery... Those on the chicken bus are an accessory to the life of the poster...not actual real live people. Blurgh

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