The Chug-a-Chug Chug of the Brain Re-Train

Switching from “Must Do” to “Free to Do”

Amy Marley
3 min readJul 13, 2022


Written by Amy Marley and Suzanne V. Tanner

Beauty in the “retired” — Photo my Own

Systems push and prod
Validation with society’s nod

Catch the train
Sell your brain
Clock into the mainframe

Tracking to-do’s and to-don’ts
Navigating the wills and the won’ts

Train stops

Clock — drops

Time is freed
To just be

But… the why
Seems to fly right by

Jaded by the grooves
Of other’s narrative hooves

Boundaries of perspective
Call for collective corrective

Age and stage
Irrelevantly caged
Within an earned wage
Hands over heart
A mirrored part
Always played