If I had my life again……

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“Be brave and take risks… You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”  Roy Bennett


When asked “How would you have lived your life differently if you had a chance?” Nadine Stair, an 85-year-old woman, from Louisville, Kentucky, provided these poetic words as her response.

If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
you see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.
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 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 could do it 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.

– Nadine Stair

38 thoughts on “If I had my life again……

  1. I love the way people who know their time is limited get really free. Free in a way we probably all could be but don’t claim. They live THEIR life, no one else’s. Beautiful post!

  2. I love this poem too! Coincidentally I shared it as a centering practice on a workshop I lead on Sunday. It is such an inspiration for peeps to take risks and make mistakes … and have fun. The workshop was a blast 😎
    Thank you for sharing here! xo

  3. I don’t go a week without copious amounts of both ice cream and beans, but I think I’m guilty of the rest. Too uptight, never taking chances. So hard to be in the moment.

  4. A amazing poetry and I agree.
    “I would go to more dances,
    I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
    I would pick more daisies.”
    Old age is with me. I have learnt to slow down and enjoy the simple gifts. More dancing, more time at the forest and the parks. Slow down and see the flowers and enjoy the new day.

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