life. live it.

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
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June 3rd.   As this day rolls around each year I often find myself thinking about life.   How quickly it can pass sometimes (vacations & weekends mostly) and how slow it can move when doing something you dislike (or waiting in line, or waiting for anything really) or living through a life changing moment.  Whatever the speed, time marches on and those moments, good or bad, are gone.

Remembering this simple fact gets me off my ass, pushes me to do more, to quit procrastinating, and to pack as much life into each day as I can.  It also helps to remind me to take time to cherish the moments as they happen.  It’s a tough lesson to learn, and learning it comes in different ways for each person. Sometimes it is in the depths of despair that the enlightenment finds us, one can only hope that it occurs before you get too old for it to make a difference.

I read a quote about life attributed to 85 year old Nadine Stair when asked about what she would change, which i repeat here…

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.

Here’s to picking more daisies.  Rest in peace big bro.





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