awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences and feelings
If I Had My Life To Live Over
I’d like to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I had 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’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 persons
who never go 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.
85 years old, Louisville, Kentucky