Words To Live By #5 If I Had My Life To Live Over Again


Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

Someone asked 85 year-old Nadine Stair, from Louisville, Kentucky, “How would you have lived your life differently if you had a chance?” Here is her response:

“If I had my life to live over again,

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.

I’d relax.

I’d limber up.

I’d be sillier than I’ve been on 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 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 to live my life 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.”


May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Kelly Curtis


47 comments on “Words To Live By #5 If I Had My Life To Live Over Again

  1. liberallin says:

    All good ideas…I would find my soulmate and stick with him.

  2. GP Cox says:

    Oh wow, would I ever change things!!

  3. KT Workman says:

    So much I would change…but there are no do-overs in life.

  4. aruna3 says:

    Oh .so much sweet reply of that person.he is an inspiration for new generation.

  5. Mia Winhertt says:

    Such an important question we all need to ask ourselves! Nice post! 🙂

  6. Reblogged this on Nilesh Sharma and commented:
    Came across this beautiful post full of words of wisdom, just felt like sharing it with you all… hope you will also like it

  7. Sahafilm says:

    Congratulations on a good idea 👏🏻

  8. dfolstad58 says:

    Excellent thoughts, and I wonder why you chose them? Have you tried to apply them?

  9. craig lock says:

    Reblogged this on INSPIRE and commented:
    Thanks for the likes, Kelly
    “Live each day (of your life) as if it’s your last and one day you’ll be right.”

  10. Ana Daksina says:

    Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms and adding the link to the reference index at the Foundation for Poetic Justice

  11. It’s never too late to start from now.. 😉

  12. She is and was quite remarkable. Thanks for the like on our comment. Blessings, Kelly!

  13. Wow! Heavy Poetry, my friend, sent me on a journey of remembering the past as if it was today, Never Forget! they cry, Never Forget! I also loved Kelly Curtis Poem, good work people, keep on writing forever! Herman Wouk, War & Remembrance, comes to mind here.

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  15. dourdan says:

    “I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.”

    -so true.
    I grew up with overprotective parents and the feeling that, ‘if I can’t see the finish line, don’t go that direction.’
    It took me into my 30’s to start to take the wheel of my own life.

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