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If You Had Your Life To Live Over

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a second chance to live your life over, or at least certain parts of it? Or, maybe you wouldn’t change a lot, but just adjust the way you viewed it, or responded to it. 

I came across the following thoughts from a woman who has seen and experienced more life than many will ever have a chance to. It’s refreshing to look at life, relationships, and circumstances from a little different perspective once in awhile.

“If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.  I would relax.  I would limber up.  I would be sillier than I have been this trip.  I know of very few things I would take seriously.  I would be crazier.  I would be less hygenic.  I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.  I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.  I would have more actual troubles and have fewer imaginary ones.  You see, I am one of those people who lives with propriety–sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, and day by day.  Oh, I have had my moments, and if I had to do it 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 each day.  I have been one of those people who never go anywhere without a themometer, a hot-water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute.  If I had it to do all over again, I would go places, do things, and travel lighter than I have.  If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would play hooky more.  I wouldn’t get such good grades except by accident.  I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.  I’d pick more daisies.” –Nadine Stair, 85 years old

There’s something about being more spontaneous for those who haven’t made it much of a habit. And there’s something about being more intentional for those who haven’t made it a habit. 

Though Nadine’s thoughts are lighthearted, many of us hold so rigidly to our old ways of doing things for no better reason than, “just because”. Call it tradition, habit, or lack of motivation.  But, as long as there is still time left in the hourglass, there is an opportunity to try something new, something different. Time to breathe just a little more freely, laugh just a little louder, take time to consider the more important things in life, or to simply try something new. 

Life goes by so quickly. Seasons come and go, as do opportunities, ideas, and people.  I can’t imagine what could make one more content than to live a full life–to any age–without regrets.  Maybe it’s time to get barefoot, to forgive, to love deeper, start a new tradition, lose an old one… or maybe, to simply begin living more intentionally.

If you could, would you change anything?  For the things that are within your control, there’s no time like the present!

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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