Erma Bombeck was a newspaper columnist.
I read this near the beginning of my career.
Something about acting, choosing to pursue it, wholly, after the love and passion of it chooses you well before…
It seems to be just about as fully alive as anyone can feel. Can be.
Here’s Erma Bombeck’s lifefull, and wistful reminder. To live fully.
In every area.
It really does go faster than you can imagine, or foresee.
So if you are waiting to start your acting career until you get the perfect picture, or lose 10 pounds, etc. Start now instead.
Acting; or whatever you want, that will mean fully living for you…
Here’s what she wrote:
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER by Erma Bombeck
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderful growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I never would have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I Love You’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute… look at it and really see it… live it and never give it back.
Stop sweating the small stuff. Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.
Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who DO love us. Let’s think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.
Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it’s gone.
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(For reminding me of this by posting it recently, a hat tip to bitrebels.com.)