We Come To Be

Featured Image - We Come To BeRecalling the Epictetus quote I read earlier this morning, I looked around the room of new college students, “No one comes to be what he is all at once.” Do you remember your 18-year-old self? 19? 20? I don’t. I know I was in college, but only because I understood it to be my next step of many steps toward adulthood. Studying this room full of young adults, I can’t help but wonder if they feel the same pull of just doing the next thing. But what other choice do we have when we’re trying to figure ourselves out? We take one step at a time, perhaps down many paths, until we come to be.

learn to think better
education; common sense
adulthood looms near
many steps to be taken
no longer a young child

The above poem is written in a form called Haibun. Haibun, is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku/senryu/tanka. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story, and travel journal. Learn more about various poetry styles here.

The tanka form is generally a short poem with the following pattern 5-7-5-7-7. In its purest form, tanka poems are most commonly written as expressions of gratitude, love, or self-reflection and can be read forward and backward.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

3 thoughts on “We Come To Be

  1. Donna, a fantastic perspective and great quote. As I continue down my journey of “Into My Own” looking back at the poetry I wrote when I was around or about this age, I will have to send a message back to that young self and deliver this message. LOL. – S Francis.

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    • And I tell you, as a parent of a young adult, I wish more of my contemporaries would remember the days of discovering ourselves…I see so many parents applying unnecessary pressure for their children to have it all together at 20 years old. I’m 49 and still figuring myself out!

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      • Truth. It almost takes as much courage just to allow children to become who they are meant to become. Yet… there is so much joy seeing them become and seeing what they become. I have 3 and as a 49 year old parent myself I have only just begun sorting out myself too. Thanks for sharing this and the comment!


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