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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

心に響く詩。
なんだか旅に出たくなりました。(今のうちだから!)

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
  I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have 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'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 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.

Nadine Stair,
85 years old.

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