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If I had my life to live over…………

April 3, 2009

I just love this poem–Maybe because I’m at the point in my life where there are probably more years behind me than there are ahead of me.  But, there ARE enough years ahead of me that I can still say to myself:   Tomorrow I will do things differently……if  I want to.

The angel lives in our garden by they way–I dressed her up a little in photoshop.


angel-in-my-garden1IF 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.

I would pick more daisies.


Nadine Stair, 85 years old

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2009 3:16 pm

    What a fantastic poem and a lovely angel. I tell myself that this year is my halfway point (46) because I plan to live into my 90’s. Therefore, it is time to review the past 46 years and figure out what to do differently in the upcoming ones. I’m not even sure how one lives “in the moment”…I’m always preparing for what might come tomorrow or next month or next year…{sigh}

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 13, 2009 7:37 pm

    Thanks seamonster02–though you don’t look like a sea monster to me. LOL!

    I know what you mean about living “in the moment. I’m a planner and a control freak. It’s verrrryyyyy difficult for me not to be thinking about tomorrow, but I’m a tryin’!

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