- the one time I wore my shirt INSIDE OUT - all day long when I was running errands. I'm half afraid to check out The People of Wal-Mart site, sure that another shopper took a picture of the seams and laundry care instructions tag as I pushed my cart through the store.
- that by turning 57, I'd awake to find my body starting to break down. If so, I'd have insisted I was still 56. Over the past nine days now, I've had hand/wrist pain, foot pain, hip pain, knee pain, and I'm exhausted all the time. For the record, I don't recommend turning 57 years of age.
- that liking a "take charge" attitude in others often has me concluding that these same people are not assertive - they're merely bossy - an attitude I do not find as charming.
- to work on the whole consistency thing in childrearing. Wait, that's not what I meant. I mean to say that I wish I had listened when people (yes, more than one) told me to use consistency in childrearing. Just imagine the arguments and misunderstandings I could have avoided.
- to cut myself some slack back when I was younger. It took me a long time to realize that I am not half-bad, and may even be a little bit of all right...and it was silly to compare myself to others and find myself lacking.
- I should have started writing and submitting stories years ago...even now, I don't write or submit as much as I could.
- what the latest Powerball numbers were - before the drawing. I could have used the cash.
- that things usually work out as they should, even though it's not how I anticipated. I could have saved myself decades of angst (and therapy co-pays).
- to cherish the moments with loved ones; that babies aren't babies all that long, and that I shouldn't have wished them into the next milestone - and just enjoyed them, no matter what stage they're in.
I'm going to assume that none of you like someone telling you what to do either. Despite that assumption, I'd like you to consider what I'm telling you:
- that happiness is a choice, that an unreturned kindness is never wasted, and that joy can be found in simple things - the sound of children's laughter, or watching the play of sunlight as it passes through the clouds, or by watching birds swoop and glide through the sky
You have Mama Kat to thank for the inspiration for these words of wisdom. Check out the other responses to her writing prompts every Thursday.
But only if you truly want to - no pressure.