This poem was shared at a time of reflection during my Kripalu YTT500 Module. It really brought lightness and a fresh perspective to a time that could have been pretty serious and intense. Nadine Stair lives in Kentucky. Age 85 she was asked what she would do differently if you got to live her life all over again. This is what she said:

pick more daisies

If I had my life to live over again,
I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax. I’d limber up.
I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers,
and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day.
I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.

If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had to live my life over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hooky more. I would’t make such good grades
except by accident
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,

I would pick more daisies!

– Nadine Stair


This is dedicated to my dear coaching clients who are becoming true to themselves and lightening up along the way 💌

25 comments on “*If I Had To Do It All Over Again

  1. I love this poem! It’s never too late though. ❤


  2. Beautiful Val and we can learn from those who have gone before us and make sure we do it differently! Definitely picking more Daisies! 🙂


  3. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    A priceless gem. Thanks, Val, for sharing this ode. My heart echoes with its sentiments.


  4. Love it – great advice!
    Diana xo


  5. I’ve long been a fan of this poem.


  6. I love this and will read every word every time i see it! Thanks for sharing it!


  7. Loved this for two reasons. The first is because it is so beautiful. The second because it so complements my book chapter coming out in a little over 3 hours over on Learning from Dogs – the chapter is called: Stillness.


  8. I love this poem, thanks for the reminder Val.


  9. I love this so much, it makes such a wonderful point. Thanks for the reminder Val! x
    There’s no time like the present, it’s never too late…


  10. Reblogged this on Find Your Middle Ground and commented:

    Its never too late to be true to yourself and lighten up in life 🎈
    This re-blog is for some special peeps I connected with this week.
    Val x


  11. This is advice that never gets old! ❤


  12. Oh, I REALLY like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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