Belinda Emmet (an Australian writer) wrote about all the things she wish she had done, or not cared about, after she found out she was dying from cancer.
I don't want to make my readers feel morbid and sad, but this list makes me cry every time I read it. It also makes me think about my own life/mistakes (however big or small they may have been).
My mum died at a very young age of cancer (aged 49) and I know she had her list too. Some things she asked me to include/write onto my own list were:
i) never start a new day with an old argument ( talking about our partners here). And I have kept my promise on this one.
ii)worry less, and think less about things that don’t really matter; worry is the interest you pay on a debt that may not be yours.
iii)learn to “stop and smell the roses", you'll regret it if you don't.
iv) don't save your best clothes and jewellery for a special occasion; everyday is a special occasion. There is no "dress rehearsal" in life.
v) don't follow trends religiously; be yourself. Wear your ballet tutu to the supermarket if it makes you happy.
Here's Belinda's list:
*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 have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
*I would have talked less and listened more.
*I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or 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 have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
*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 sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
*I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life
*I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
What would you do if you had your life over again up until this stage?