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Dare to Make Mistakes . . . March 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~ attributed to Nadine Stair (at age 85)

I’d dare 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 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’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.


Oh, 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 people 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.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  If I Had My Life To Live Over

Related resources:  An Earlier Version of the poem, by Don Herald (from 1953 Reader’s Digest)


1. Jill Weatherholt - March 31, 2018

More ice cream and less beans…sound good to me! Happy Saturday, Nancy!

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

Hope your Easter weekend is full of moments! 😀

2. mybeautfulthings - March 31, 2018

II think she has the right idea and as she has a few years on me, I shall take her advice right now! 🙂

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

Great idea!

3. Kate Crimmins - March 31, 2018

Definitely less beans! More chocolate too!

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

And more moments!

“Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.”

Kate Crimmins - March 31, 2018

It’s funny but we look down on people who don’t plan their life. Hmmmm….

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

We are a goal oriented society ~ encouraged to always be reaching for MORE.

I like this anecdote:

Mom told me that happiness is the key to life.
So, when a teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, I said, “Happy.”
She said I didn’t understand the assignment.
I told her she didn’t understand life.

4. Ally Bean - March 31, 2018

Less beans? I can go along with the message in this poem except for the less beans idea. I mean really…

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

I know just what you mean, Ms. Bean ~> after all, beans are good for the heart!

Joanne Sisco - April 1, 2018


5. Tippy Gnu - March 31, 2018

This post looks familiar. Are you trying to live your life over again.

nrhatch - March 31, 2018

A bit of “deja vu” for you . . .

FYI: I deleted the previous post so the link I gave you yesterday will now lead to a cyber dead end. 😀

6. L. Marie - March 31, 2018

Great advice!

nrhatch - April 1, 2018

Maybe being “less prepared” for any eventuality will make us more prepared to meet “LIFE” . . . as is, where is!

Here’s to being mindful of THIS moment.

7. Tiny - March 31, 2018

Lots to learn here for us who are just a tad younger!

nrhatch - April 1, 2018

That gives us time to implement the advice and benefit from it.

8. joyroses13 - March 31, 2018

Love it! Definitely the way to live!

nrhatch - April 1, 2018

There is something to be said for a “que sera, sera” attitude!

joyroses13 - April 1, 2018

Yes there is!

nrhatch - April 2, 2018

And also for “if all is not well, it is not yet the end” attitudes.

9. Joanne Sisco - April 1, 2018

I love this post. Some grasp this concept earlier than others … a little more crazy, a lot more silly, laughter, and simple joy!

nrhatch - April 1, 2018

Speaking of silly . . .

I just played an April Fool’s joke on BFF ~> I told him we had received a last minute invite to Easter dinner across the state and needed to “get hopping” if we were going to arrive on time. As he started to “fuss” about what the traffic on I-4 would be like, I beamed a smile and said:


FYI: This is the first time since 1956 that Easter and April Fool’s Day coincided. It’ll happen again in 2029 and then in 2040.

Joanne Sisco - April 1, 2018

Well, that explains why I don’t remember Easter ever happening on April Fools 🙂

Good trick – it didn’t even occur to me to try.

nrhatch - April 2, 2018

We love playing April Fool’s jokes on each other . . . and occasionally on unsuspecting bystanders. 😀

10. Debra - April 3, 2018

This touched me! One of my dearest friends is turning 86 in less than a month. I’ve known her a long time. And I have watched her embody many of the same sentiments expressed by Miss Nadine! She just doesn’t worry about the same things at all any more and to see the wisdom coming through in more playfulness is truly beautiful. We ought not to wait until we’re 80! 🙂

nrhatch - April 3, 2018

I agree, Debra. Why wait? Make the most of NOW.

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