IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live
sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
written by Nadine Stair when she was 85 years old.
PS: I was recently reading the book: Voluntary Simplicity, and there was a reference to this well-known poem. It certainly is advice/wisdom that rings true, at any age. I hope you enjoy reading it for the first time or again. It’s been a while since I had.
PSS: Also just posted this recipe suggestion for a Valentine treat, over at Veggies. The 14th is just around the corner!