Leaving the serenity of the womb at birth,
we strive all our days upon the earth.
Babbling syllables, learning to talk,
clinging to furniture, learning to walk.
Studying hard to get good reports,
practicing endlessly to excel in sports.
At the library borrowing a book.
In the kitchen learning to cook.
At the mall shopping for formal dress;
going to the prom, we want to impress.
Rigorous program at our chosen college
to optimize our skills and knowledge.
Preparing for the race to be run,
getting ready for our place in the sun.
Finding a paragon to share our life,
a partnership of husband and wife.
Striving endlessly to make a living,
bringing up responsible offspring.
Saving money for when we retire,
making a will in case we expire.
Visiting a spa to regain our youth,
Time with grandchildren, sharing our truth.
Appointments with doctors, seeking a cure,
Diets and exercise we endure.
Enjoying photos from the past,
remembering moments from first to last.
Then comes the day our striving is done…
We journey peacefully into the unknown.
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