If I Had My Life to Live Over

If I Had My Life to Live Over

I believe that most of us have read the words below in one way or another; either you have read it through an email from your friends or you may have read from somewhere else. However, how many of us have actually stopped, really thought and taken a moment to reflect on what were shared in these words. These words were attributed to Erma Bombeck who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life humorously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became best-sellers.

Lets take a moment to imagine our life is already at its end but we are given another chance to have our life to live over again starting today. How would we live it differently?


If I had my Life to Live Over
by Erma Bombeck

If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa 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 never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

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 have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

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 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 realized 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”.. More “I’m sorrys” …

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.

© Erma Bombeck

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9 thoughts on “If I Had My Life to Live Over

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jenny, I think we all need to remind ourselves that one day we will all be dead and ask ourselves, “What is most important to us?” Thank you for reading this.

  1. Hilary

    Hi BK .. this is so true .. and we should start now – better late than never .. enjoy every moment and be in the present.

    Great post .. Erma Bombeck said it well. Thanks – have a good weekend .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..The Grand Tour =-.

  2. Ben

    Man that poem is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Puts it into perspective on what’s most important. Thanks for the daily pensive dose of inspiration. I think I’m almost all caught up on your posts. I need to slow down and save the rest for another time. This last one got me.