If I could I would live my life over…

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in Me | 0 comments

Stolen from my new Brussels friend, Moji.

If I could I would live my life over. 
This time I would try to make more mistakes. 
I would try not to be so perfect, 
I would laugh more. 
I would be so much sillier than I have been 
that I would take few things seriously. 
I would be less hygienic. 
I would risk more, take more trips, contemplate more sunsets, 
climb more mountains, ford more streams. 
I would go to more places I have never been. 
I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans. 
I would have more real problems and fewer imaginary ones. 
I was one of those people who lived every minute of life sensibly and productively. 
Of course I had moments of delight. 
But if I were able to go back it would be for good moments only. 
Because, if you don’t know it, that’s what life’s made of: moments. 
Do not waste even this one. 
I was a guy who never went anywhere without
 a thermometer, a hot water bottle, an umbrella, and a poncho. 
If I could live my life again I would travel more lightly. 
If I could live again I would start going barefoot
 when spring comes and not stop till fall’s long gone. 
I would walk down more side streets, contemplate more dawns,
 and play with more children, if I had my life ahead of me again. 
But, come now. 
I am 85 years old. 
I know I am dying. 

Jorge Luis Borges – The Instant


Bit of light reading over your coffee?