Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do You Want a Do Over?

With today's technology and medical care, it's not uncommon to hear about someone celebrating his or her one hundredth birthday or even 105th or 108th birthday. These people surpass our current life expectancy by as much as two decades.

But it wasn't always this way. Our life expectancy wasn't 80+ years. Depending upon the era you dig into, the life expectancy was half of what we current have.


That got me to thinking. If you lived during a time when you knew your life would be over sometime during your forties, would you live your life differently? Would you change the things you did?

Do you really want a do over?

I don't know if I really want the do-over, but there are a few things I would do differently.

I would buy a house sooner. Preferably it would be one with several acres and either a large tank (pond) on it or a river or stream running through it.

I would focus on my writing earlier than I did. I put my writing on hold several times because it didn't fit into what people wanted or expected me to do. I let others influence me when I should have. If I could do this over, I wouldn't let others have that influence over me.

I would pursue a different career. my day job has had its rewards, but the rewards are outnumbered by the negatives. I don't feel like I'm making a difference anymore.

I would have made time to take trips to all the places I've wanted to see.

I have a home. I'm now writing and pushing toward making it my day job.  I'm traveling for fun more than I used to in the past. I haven't been out of the country, but that's on my bucket list.

What would you do differently or want to change?