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40 Reasons Not To Make a 40 List

Greg Prince
2 min readFeb 6, 2019


Ok, let me join the stew.

Going to stir the pot and ruffle a feather or two with a poke at the listicle fever growing around this number 40 in a variety of opinion brew.

I’d love to consent and be a real sweety, tell everyone “How Wonderful” but that doesn’t need repeating. So, if you’ll bear with me and give a joker a chance you might get a laugh or feel burning anger, heck you might burst out in a dance.

  • Primero I don’t like listicles, they drive me nuts. Most are filled with “Musts” and absolutes, however, I always come up with a ton of questioning “Buts?”
  • And don’t start me with checklists because they’re all about the same. I can remember to pick up the damn milk at the store, no need for the written note from mommy putting me to shame.
  • There will always be more than 40 things to discuss about any subject and no list will suffice, plus I’d rather write a paragraph or dance with talking mice(Cinderella cartoon ref).
  • I’ll bet you think I can’t make it to 40 things but a challenge this brings.
  • (I’m counting the last listing-so there!) Writing 40 things about a subject seems like an excuse to forgo writing about more serious topics yet I contradict myself and feel like a pon as this story goes on.
  • Time is precious like love and doing such lists gives my schedule a rude shove.
  • Aha! and there’s more I like to avoid being trendy because it might make my writer’s voice seem a bit too overblown and outright windy.
  • Lists are not usually all-inclusive while some experts claim they are, that’s downright abusive.
  • Just when you think you’ve had enough that author will give you more material filled with too much fluff.
  • So, I lied and this list falls short of 40. Oh, what a shame. Another attempt made with an unfinished claim.

Your lists are about you and I’m not knocking anyone or your youness. This has been a fun writing, rhyming dirge and I hope it’s taken in light of the attempt at humor and not absolute trueness.

I will not write listicles with eggs or bacon. I will not write them with a pen or even with steakum.

I will most likely write a list or even two and spite myself so soon, my face turning various shades of blue.

I will not write them, Greg I am.

Please forgive me if you think this SPAM!



Greg Prince

Bringing real feelings along with messages of inspiration and imagination to life. Awakening is the symptom of my infectious condition. Poetry is my condition.