Adult – Ruth McLeod

Every ‘Adult’ has not developed yet into who they are supposed to be

I’m originally from the midlands, Leicestershire & Nottingham way, but moved further south a few years ago with my husband for work. I’ve been writing creatively since I was a teenager, I’ve always been good a coming up with ideas, but never very good at finishing them, so much so that I have several novels on the go. Writing is my way of expressing how I feel and processing my emotions, sometimes I write with no intention of ever showing anyone the elaborate stories I create. Recently I have been trying to push myself to write more short-form stories and poems so that I can share my thoughts to others.


Written by Ruth Macleod

The definition of an adult is a person who is fully formed, fully grown…developed. 

It has little thought or description for those who, although may seem an adult in every way may still see themselves as lost as when they were children.

Still searching.

Still hopeful. 

Still entirely not ‘put together’. 

But then perhaps this is because every adult secretly thinks like this, 

Every ‘Adult’ has not developed yet into who they are supposed to be, 

Or who they could be, 

And I guess that is the question. 

Who they are.

Is it who they are RIGHT NOW, this very second?

Because that person will not be the same in a week. 

A month, a year, three years. 

They might feel like an adult tomorrow, 

But in two weeks, they may feel as lost as they did when their parents dropped them off at university for the first night. 

A definition of an adult then becomes somewhat impossible to ever live up to.

Because to be ‘fully formed’, ‘developed’… ‘grown’.

Is to be done, baked and ready to take out of the oven. 

To be all those things means that you are over, 

That life is over, 

And I don’t want life to be over. 

I don’t want to be an adult.

Ruth McLeod

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