Life is Like a Group Project

by Isadora H. Petrovsky

I want to do it alone

But I can’t 

Because “that’s not how it works”

Someone tells me

Despite how many times I groan or complain

Nothing changes

It is still a team effort

And there is no “I” in team.

But I always end up doing all the work

“It’s all about communication and delegation”

They say, but no one listens to me.

I hate relying on other people

But I need them

I can’t do the project alone, I just can’t

There are the cooperative ones, reluctant

Then the supportive ones, who aren’t really in the group but listen to me squak about it. 

Then the ones who pretend to do something, but don’t

And the ones who do nothing at all. 

I am in charge of my own Project

But I am also a part of yours

And yours

And yours.

Different roles for different means for different ends

Still, I feel lost and subjected to the whims of the group mates in mine, though I follow my own instruction. 

Maybe it’s just that it’s impossible to live

If living alone.

Not “by yourself”

That’s not the same as “alone”. 

I don’t think I will ever get the hang of group projects

Once I think I do

The rules always change

Life is not like a box of chocolates at all, it’s more like a group project.


But damn good the very few times you actually get it right.


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