If I Could Live Life Over
What would you do if you could live your life over? I've been thinking about the question, and, though I know it doesn't help to anguish over things I can't change, perhaps jotting down specifics would be useful for planning the future, some of which I can change. So here's my list:
If I could live life over, I would . . .
- start a personal journal earlier and write in it more frequently.
- ask more questions from people older than me.
- give more time to reading books and less to watching TV.
- hang on to things that would be important 30 years later: letters, photos, special gifts.
- learn a foreign language before I was 12.
- learn a skill using my hands (maybe woodworking).
- be more aware of the fragile self-images of others, especially when I was a teen-ager (see next point).
- try to see people not only for who they are but for who they might become (see next point).
- champion the underdog.
- never say never (as in "My child would never do that").
- beginning as a teen-ager, save a little money every week and not tell anyone about it until I was 50 (when the whole family would be treated to a special vacation).
- record the stories of my grandparents while they were still alive.
- study more geography and history.
- gain a greater appreciation for classical music and art.
- after formal schooling ended, take at least one class or workshop per year in something.
- become pen pals with someone in a foreign country.
- keep in touch with friends when they move away.
- hug my kids more, especially when they were teen-agers.
- take more mini-vacations (a short trip when I had neither the time or money for a longer one).
- spend more time in the out-of-doors.
- watch more sunrises and sunsets.
- work to be genuine rather than popular.
- treat my body better--more good exercise, less junk food, less unprotected exposure to sunlight.
- walk away from more arguments.
- be more relaxed, less impatient.
- be more spontaneous, less predictable.
- be more content, less restless.
- listen more and talk less.
- smile more and frown less.
- compliment more and criticize less.
- pray more and worry less.
Offer more "Thank you's," more "I'm sorry's," more "I love you's."