I wanted to share this poem that I heard in a talk the other day. Its called ‘Reverse Living’ and takes a humorous angle on the flow of life. Turning the typical story that most of us seem to follow, and knocks it on its head. For me it invited me to really think about the perspective of life, and what I think about myself.

Reverse Living

Life is tough.
It takes up a lot of your time. All your weekends.
And what do you get at the end of it –
Death – A great reward.
I think that the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first. Get it out of the way.
Then you live 20 years in an old folks home.
You get kicked out when you’re too young.
You get a good watch. You go to work.
You work for 40 years until you are young enough to enter college.
You learn to party until you are ready for High School.
You go to High School, Grade School,
You become a little kid.
You play, you have no responsibilities.
You become a little baby.
You go back into the womb.
You spend the last nine months floating.
Only to finish off as a gleam in somebodies eye.

(I believe this poem to be by Lynne Vance, but found contradicting references to it)

What a great, funny and touching poem.
We were all gleams in someone’s eyes once, and probably still are. In fact I am sure of it. Never forgot this. You are fantastic, smart, wonderful and beautiful.
See that people see you this way, and see others and yourself in this same way.

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