When one has large amounts of time to sit/lie around and just think, it can be very dangerous. Case in point:
Last night I could not sleep. I read an entire book and still my mind would not.stop.thinking. While it may surprise some of you, I pray every night. I thank God for my family, the health of my family, my friends, Zoe and whatever else comes to mind. I often talk to my grandma and ask her what in the world I should do with my life. And then beg her not to come visit me from the grave and tell me what to do with my life. I seriously worry one night she'll just pop up and then I will have a heart attack and she won't need to tell me what to do with my life, because I will be dead.
I digress. I laid in bed last night and all these thoughts started popping up and I seriously thought I was having a mid-life crisis and a potential panic attack at the same time. Or maybe they just go hand in hand? I started developing a mental list of all the things in my life I would do different if I could back in time and do so. I mean, we all have these things so why not share my deepest thoughts with you internet people? So here goes (in no particular order):
I would have:
- saved money and not spent money on things that mean nothing. I'd be so rich.
- focused more in high school on what I enjoyed learning about, and then applied that to a college education. While I do have one, it isn't something I particularly want to use. Ever.
- not treated visits with my grandma as a chore but as quality time with my only grandparent.
- learned how to enjoy exercising (yes, I know I still can, but I'm less apt to do so)
- met Paul Newman before he died. I would have stalked the hell out of that man.
- had children or a child.
- experienced the places I lived rather than just lived there.
- told someone that I was being molested while the SOB was still alive.
- traveled more instead of just saying I wanted to.
- let go of bad friendships sooner.
- researched my genealogy while the older relatives were still alive.
- gotten chickens way before now.
- seen the red flags in my relationships where I was being cheated on. They were there in plain sight.
- not plucked my eyebrows so much when I was younger. I don't even want to look at those pictures!!
- continued hugging and kissing my parents goodnight/goodbye.
- not bought my Ford Escort ZX2. What a POS.
- learned early on not to focus so much on what other people think.
- not let me pride get in the way of telling people that I loved, that I loved them.
- gotten my endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy when I was a teenager.
- practiced having better penmanship. Mine is terrible.
- gone to college straight out of high school and actually experienced the college life instead of being an adult student taking night classes.
- not signed up for five credit cards when I got the offers at eighteen.
- been a teenager longer rather than trying to be an adult so fast.
- tried a few drugs. I know, I know.. but sometimes I just wonder what they would be like.
- not have gotten arrested when I was 18. Don't ask... it was eventually dismissed.
- told my parents I got arrested at 18. Courtrooms are scary places.
- not been forced to go to church. I think it would be best if children were taught about all religions and then got to choose which one suited them (if any).
- bought stock in Amazon or Google when it was cheap. duh.
- not spent so much time trying to please other people.
- taken better care of my body after soccer/life injuries.