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An 85-year-old woman was once asked, “If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently?

And she answered that she would live more in the moment, pick more daisies and ride more merry-go-rounds.

It’s good advice for those of us who aren’t yet 85 although I might caution against riding too many merry-go-rounds unless throwing up more is also on your Things To Do Before You Die list.Β  Which if it is, carpe diem!

It all got me thinking about my twenties and thirties and how I might do it differently if I had those decades to live over. So here’s my list….

I would go on a trip to Australia. 23 hour flight. 4 kids. How am I ever going to get there now? By the time I do, I will be 85.

I would worry less about NYC parking garages scratching up the fender of my Jeep.

I would not purchase leather pants.

I would study a little less hard because it doesn’t really matter if you graduate with honors. But missing a road trip to Vegas is something you regret.

I would go to Vegas.

I would stop wasting so much energy on guys that didn’t call and pay more attention to the ones who made me laugh.

I would run a marathon. Okay, maybe a half marathon. Make that a 5K. Alright a one mile fun run.

I would only see the first “Pirate’s of the Caribbean” movie. The 37 sequels unnecessary.

I would be more diligent about wearing sunscreen. SPF 4 Coppertone does not count as sunscreen.

I would take time to look in the mirror and appreciate my pre-baby ridiculously flat stomach. Instead of seeing flaws where there were none.

I would stop looking for my future husband and know I would find him at the right time in the right place. And if that didn’t happen, I would hunt him down.

I would listen to less “Hootie & the Blowfish” because I still can’t get those dumb songs out of my head. “Cause the dolphins make me cry?” Come on.Β  What a pansy.

I would go to more movies.

I would kiss more boys. Actually scratch that. I really kissed plenty.

I would move to California for awhile and live by the beach.

I would ask my late grandparents more questions about their lives.

I would invent the iPad.

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