Sometimes I hear people say
“I just wish I could be 16 again”.
So after hearing this one too many times, I decided one day to sit myself down and have a long talk with me.
What if I could be 16 again. What would I change? Would I react differently to the puppy love? What classes would I have taken for electives in high school? Would they be the same? Would I try to change how nervous I got before an audition? Would I share my blue suede platform saddle Oxford’s with one of my brothers? Would I do it all over again?
Then I decided maybe I needed to take a different approach to this question. I pondered on this for some time. Finally I realized I need to back up. Well, I do have a habit of running ahead of myself. Maybe that would be a good idea. How far should I back up?
Then it dawned on me.
I do not want to be 16 again!
Not in a million years!
16 was fun! I loved being 16. I had my driver’s license, a car to use, my music and my friends. Now herein lies the problem. If I were to be 16 again, I would have to live through all the mistakes that have gotten me to where I am today. If I had chosen a different path, my life would not be what it is today. The entirety of my life has not been a mistake but believe me, I have made my share of them, and then a few. But if I had changed one little detail, my life would be different.
If I could be 16….no, I love who I am and I cherish all the little things, the enormous accomplishments and all the mediocre ones in the middle. They made me who I am today.
Reflecting, I would not change a thing.
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