I’ve been around the block a few times. Maybe more than a few. My wife and I will be celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary in August. Of course, we were just babies when we got married.
One of the little games we play on occasion–and I am sure we aren’t alone in this–is asking each other, “If you could go back in time and change anything, what would you change?” And the answer is usually pretty much the same.
Shelly and I have had a very happy life together. God has been good to us. And so for the most part, I don’t think I would change anything in my life.
One bit of advice I would give to my young self if I could, and that is this: Drink Deep. Don’t wait around for things to happen, because if you wait for them, they won’t happen. Your life is yours alone. The decisions you make are ones that you have to live with, good or bad. But not making a decision is to decide as well.
I would encourage myself to take more risks, do the adventurous thing. It would make for more stories to write about today and tales to share with my grandkids.
I would also encourage myself to be nicer to those people around me. This not only is because those people might have an impact on your life later, but also because it’s just the right thing to do.
And I would stop looking too far ahead. I learned that with my kids. Rather than waiting for them to get a certain age, I realized that whatever age they were, they would never be there again. So I learned to enjoy them and enjoy today. Because, believe it, there are no guarantees.
God gives us one day at a time. But eventually you run out of days. In the meantime, drink deep.
No regrets, eh?