The Thirties

The Thirties

By The Eaghams 

When you're thirty five, you've traveled far and wide and read broadly, made some progress in a career, had a relationship or two, listened to some cool artists and bands, watched some classic movies. Maybe you've calmed down and drink Nescafe, (as the advertisements expect you when you reach your 30s) and go to restaurants, have a good mate from the early years - you reap what you sow. Maybe you're at a crossroads, maybe the road is level.

Maybe, the clubs are something you can revisit. Maybe the old group of your mates have scattered. Some married, some abroad, some doing new careers.

Maybe what worked for you was trial and error, and in your experimentation you went too far, run-ins with the law, or perhaps transcendence of some kind. Maybe conformity was your thing, to watch and follow suit, and not to set yourself so free you'd wind up having to define yourself anew.

Maybe you're wiser, maybe more reluctant, maybe more steadfast.

Maybe you don't need the dramas of your 20s, that art would do your sense of perspective good.

Maybe that although you'd been there and done that and got the t-shirt, it didn't portend anything too much as you were onto getting the whole suit and the three piece.

Maybe the concerts were a fire you could burn again in and experience didn't get in the way of whats new.

Maybe it's not that were thirty five that makes us more cautious but the playing out of events in our lives, the betrayals and dishonor.

Maybe others hardships made us steer clear and withdraw, maybe all the hype wasn't what it was supposed to be for, and withdrawing some hasn't been so bad if it's peace that we want, at least some of the time.

Maybe the incessant purchases of mp3s each week makes our jobs worthwhile, for the days off, the days of our lives.

Maybe it's our little obsessions that makes life sweeter, the being all dressed up is somewhere to go and if nothing happens maybe it does, but so slowly that you've already done so much, and culture our wardrobe.

If you would like to read the further pieces in this series please click on the following links:

The Twenties

The Fifties

© Zubyre Parvez 2016 All Rights Reserved

The EaghamsWRITER BIO: Zubyre Parvez (BA hons) studied English Literature at Hertfordshire University. He writes song lyrics, poetry, short stories, reviews, and articles for The Taoist Crucible.  His poetry won runners up in a competition judged by Simon Armitage and Margaret Atwood. His poetry has been published in Kobita. His articles have appeared in The Epoch Times as a journalist for the newspaper. He has worked for New Tang Dynasty Television as a journalist. You can catch up with his tweets @TheEaghams