If I had my life over

Simple Grandad

Have you noticed that the wrinklier ones amongst us (being the older folks) often live a rather simpler life than us youngens. There comes a time in one’s life, it seems, when you stop worring so much about whether your cardigan is in fashion, or what you ‘should’ be doing and focus instead on the things you like. Grannies are some of the finest purveyours of chocolate the world over. Grandpas are fairly adept at a good old pint or two.

Take some time to watch and listen to a person many years older than yourself now and again. There’s a lot there that we could learn from – a certain comfort with unpretentious things. I remember my granny’s deep enjoyment of a cup of tea, the birds on her bird table, or sitting at her piano playing the Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto (she was an awesome tinkler!).

Old folks have been around a while… don’t waste their wisdom. Here’s a passage I came across this week, with some hand-me-down wisdom, from Nadine Star, of Kentuky at the tender age of 85:

If I had to live my life over again,
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 take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, 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 seriously 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 persons who never goes anywhere without
a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had it to do again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life 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.

4 thoughts on “If I had my life over

  1. This is a beautiful piece. As someone said, in 20 years time, you will regret the things that you did not do, so do them today.

    You write very well indeed.

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