Squeeze Every Minute of Life
By Erma Bombeck
Someone asked me the other day, if I had life to live over would I change anything.
My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have waxed less and listened more.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been styled and sprayed.
I would have invited friends over for dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten popcorn in the "good" living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have burnt the pink candle sculpted as a rose before it melted while being stored.
I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching real life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband, which I took for granted.
I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending that the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day.
There would have been more I love yous, more I'm sorrys, more I'm listenings, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it, look at it and really see it, try it on, live it, exhaust it, and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.
Enjoy life...it's delicious!