If you could live your life over again...  

TomEboy10 60M
357 posts
9/6/2005 6:14 am

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If you could live your life over again...

George Bernard Shaw was asked shortly before he died.."You have visited with some of the most famous people in the world.You have known royalty, world renowned authors, artists, teachers and dignitaries from every part of the world. If you could live your life over and be anyone you've known, or anybody from history, who would you choose to be?"
Shaw replied" I would choose to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been, but never was"

What a response.All the "if onlys" and "I wish I s" we think when reflecting upon our lives, how our lives would have been different if we made different choices at critical points in our pasts.

Old George was right - to be what we could have been but never were.Something as simple for me as I wish I had put more effort into my wrestling career in high school as I started late and never reached my full potential or the turns of fate that resulted in the three greatest loves of my life.But I suppose no matter where we are now as long as we are alive we can take control of our lives today.

rm_mikemala 58M/49F
11 posts
9/10/2005 11:39 am

You made the best decisions you could based on the available information you had at the time.
It may not have been right, but it was the best you could do.

hindsight, noun.
1. the ability to see, after the event is over, what should have been done.

tillerbabe 57F

9/13/2005 12:33 am

I was so fortunate....when I was young and having difficulty making a decision. My parents always said:
"You don't want to be older and wish you would have done this...."
So, I always go for it. I have no regrets and all my decisions and pursuits have been the foundation of who I am today. Fear fears me. I've had many nay-sayers and I break all stereotypes, but I can honestly say if i was to die tomorrow, I would have lived a life more fulfilling than most. I am also a firm believer in the "next life" where I will have more opportunities to "get to" what I couldn't in this life time.

Priapeo 47M

9/14/2005 12:46 am

You mean I still have a chance to star on Playboy's central page?

No, really... I don't think we have full control over our lives. We make choices constantly, from the most trivial (hmmm... cappuccino or expresso?) to the most important (-insert something here-). The choices still leave us a great freedom of action, but mould our personality and address us towards a direction... indefinite, bust still a direction. So what seemed the biggest goal for your life ten years ago, probably now is not such any longer, because you are different and want different things. So if today we were the men we had wanted to be but never were, probably today we would have the same amount of repentances and regrets. I think Shaw was referring to the lust of knowledge and experience: no matter how our life can be full, we still do only part of what can be done and lived.

For instance, I will never know the kind of excitement associated to the Superbowl and most of US guys cannot understand the long wait and the atmosphere of feverish festivity associated to the World Soccer Championship.

it was just another stupid example

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

Priapeo 47M

9/16/2005 5:18 am

Thank you, that was the friendliest welcome I ever got. I'll sure stop by more times. Ciao.

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

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