There have been many versions, but I love this one from Nadine Stair. Interestingly, it was first published in  Reader’s Digest in October 1953, where it was wrongly attributed to author, Don Herold (1889-1966). I think this is exactly what we need on a Sunday afternoon….


If I had my life to live over,

I’d like 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 make more of them.

In fact, I’d try to have nothing but moments.

Just moments,

one after the other,

instead of living so many years ahead of each day.


I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere

without a thermometer, a hot water bottle,

a rain coat and a parachute.

If I had it to do over, 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.


Beautiful words and a great reminder that we only have one life to live. Let’s make sure it’s awesome.