If I Had My Life To Live Over Again

I’ve loved this poem for years – my mother sent it to me when I was at University.

If I Had My Life to Live Over Again
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 persons 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, an 85-year-old woman, from Louisville, Kentucky.

47 thoughts on “If I Had My Life To Live Over Again

  1. Great poem. Strange how age always reflects back on the ‘should haves’ rather than regrets for experiences gained. A definite lesson for me. I’m someone who could benefit from travelling lighter.x

  2. Ahhhh!!
    I think I shall type this out on pretty pretty paper for each of my children and frame it.
    What a beautiful and teary eyed…heartfelt poem. Makes you want to take more chances with what you have left to live!
    Happy Sunday Suzie. Thanks for the poem and the share.

  3. Thanks for sharing this post. I enjoyed the message and will try to lighten up and chill out. I will remember to enjoy each moment of today and tomorrow because I want this life to be a great one!

  4. Thank you so much. I’m currently in the situation that I am feeling like I haven’t live my life fully enough and I have this regret for what I haven’t done in my 20s. Yes, I’ve been one of those people who never goes outside without preparing what needs to be done.

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