Sometime ago I was sitting with a group of people talking about the past and our past lives- what we did and what we didn’t do. One in the group threw out the question to all of us, “If you had the opportunity for a do-over, what would you do differently?”
That line brought a smile to most of us. The fella that asked the question smiled at his best friend (they grew up together) who was sitting next to him and said, “Don’t you answer I know what you would do, but don’t say it.”
Later as I drove off I thought about his question. “What would I do differently?” That thought made me smile also. I think I would have:
- Asked more questions.
- Ask some people I knew, “Is that what you really want to do?”
- Asked somebody to teach me to dance.
- Cared less about what (some) others thought (not everyone, just certain ones).
- Sent more flowers to people I cared about (more than just prom time).
My list could get quite lengthy; I’ll just stop here and think about the rest.
I don’t think I would have been like the one time movie star, Tallulah Bankhead. When she was asked that question, she said:
"If I had to live my life over again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
Well I don’t know about the matter of mistakes, but I do wish there were some things I would have done sooner and few things I could do over.
August 15, 2013