What do you want to do when you grow up ?

The time when you, overnight, are different, a fully formed adult, able to take care of yourself, be responsible for your day to day affairs and choices.

Are you still expecting to grow up? Or do you feel grown?

Taking a few moments and a few steps away from the main road into a pretty enclave, I took a stroll down Pavilion Place, on a freezing night where I alone was in the street. A miniscule exploration. It looked like a museum installation of ‘folk life’ but about how the well to do people lived. The road as an old fashioned shopping place, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Seeing where they bought their upmarket cheese, stacked monumentally , their meat, their stationary, where they lived, where they socialised as they went about their errands.

And this wander down the street taught me that there are people who know how to do things well, who work hard, who make ideas happen.. as I peered into the deserted shop windows, at the stylish shop displays, I liked what I saw. It kindled a desire in me to strive for the same : Quality, style, simplicity. To be responsible.

And also the realisation that I have limited myself to fitting in to a paradigm, a life contained by others expectations, or is it just my own expectation with the brakes on ?

What do I want to do when I grow up ?

What do you want to do when you grow up ?

This is Day 10 of my writing experiment, I hope this finds you well and you enjoy reading my words.

Published by Maggie Winnall

Hello, I'm Maggie, I am an artist who writes in fabric and thread, stitching the 'text' into textiles and colour into quilts..... You can read more on my About page at

2 thoughts on “Responsibility

  1. That can feel like one of life’s big questions right?
    Also, I think there can be a useful distinction between “doing” and “being”
    “Doing” has a sense of completing and finishing. “Getting things done”
    “Being” seems to be more about who we are.
    I’m reminded of the phrase “We are humanBEINGS not humanDOINGS”
    I guess we need a bit of both?
    I wonder where this journey with Epiphany will take us?

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