If I Had My Life to Live Over

What could have been!

What could have been!

If I had My Life to Live Over

My Step Father was a good man. He had great wit and charm. For most of his life he had a great lifestyle and attitude. He got to be cranky at the end though. He just didn't seem very happy with the way things turned out. Then, one day after he was gone, we found this story in his belongings. I really liked it once I read it, so I thought I would share. You see sales people are very unique because we deal with so many people. My Step Father was in sales and he was really good! I think sales people see a part of life that not all people see. We don't just sit in a cubicle with our little salary and wait till 5:00! We are usually out and about talking the talk and living life! The highest highs and the lowest lows. Trying to grab the brass ring!

This is from "The Journal of Humanistic Psychology" by an 82-year-old man, dying, and accepting death. I hope you like it!

If I had my life to live over, I'd try to make more mistakes next time. I would limber up, I would be crazier than I've been on this trip. I know very few things I'd take seriously any more. I would take more chances, I would take more trips, I would scale more mountains, I would swim more rivers, and I would watch more sunsets. I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. You see......I was one of those people who lived prophylactically and sensibly and sanely, hour after hour and day after day. Oh, I've had my moments and if I had it to do all over again, I'd have many more of them. In Fact, I'd try not to have anything else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of my day. I've been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute. 

If I had it to do all over again, I'd travel lighter, much lighter than I have. I would start barefoot earlier in the Spring, and I'd stay that way later in the Fall. And I would ride more merry-go-rounds, and catch more gold rings, and greet more people, and pick more flowers, and dance more often. If I had it to do all over again.

But you see, I don't!

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