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If I Had my Life to Live Over

I was sorting through some boxes this weekend and found the following poem. As I reach retirement age, I look back on my life and realize how many times I took life too seriously. There were too many times when I thought I had to complete my to-do list when I really needed to do something silly with my children or grandchildren. I should have taken that trip, read that novel, or just basked in the sunshine. Nadine Stair, who wrote the poem I'm sharing, apparently learned the same thing.

"If I Had My Life to Live Over...

I'd like 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 and swim more rivers. I would eat

more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps

have more actual troubles. But I would have

fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live

sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day

after day. O, 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 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, age 85

Louisville, Kentucky

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