If I Had My Life to Live Over

Have you read this poem by Erma Bombeck? We think it’s one to print and keep to remind yourself of the importance of enjoying life!

If I had my life to live over…

by Erma Bombeck

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa was faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realised that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later…now go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more “I love you’s” and more “I’m sorry’s”.

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it…and never give it back.

You might also enjoy reading Things I Wish I’d Known and 15 Things I Wish I’d Known When I was a Teenager

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