If I could do it all again
would I make the same mistakes?
Would I bypass all the times
when I knew my heart would break?
Would I still fall in love
with the father of my kids?
Would I do the dumb things
I remember that I did?
If I could go back,
and undo everything I’ve done…
Would I trade it all
to once again be young?
It is a tempting question,
to consider what I’d do,
to be able to wipe the slate clean,
To undo the things I wish I didn’t do…
And yet, I have to wonder
what the trade off would have to be
if I undid my life…
And could re-invent the one called “me”
Even with all I now know…
and the lessons I have learned~
The “Do Over” I could have,
and the places I’d return,
I would still have to choose
all I know of in this life
If it meant being someone else’s mother
and someone else’s wife!
For all the ones that I have loved…
makes it worth it in the end~
To live the life with the ones I’ve loved
I’d do it all again.
Hopefully with lessons learned
to make some slight revisions~
To gift me with the wisdom of today
In tomorrow’s new decisions.
61 thoughts on “Do Overs”
Great job, Diane. Beautiful. Thanks so much for your advice the other day.
So glad I came here and saw this wonderful post. Thank you. 🙂
That was such a nice comment to come home to! Thank you!
Wow, that was so beautiful. I had to stop between each line and wonder if I would do it all again.
For me, as you are learning, from reading my story.. it depends on the day, and which “pole” I am on that day. It’s challenging for certain. I love the people who have come and gone from my life, but the scars they have left are deep… If I were unscarred…
So hard to answer with tears in my eyes.
And that my dear, your thoughtful reply was beautiful as well.
Sometimes we need to go back and realize that we needed the past to make us ready for the joy to come. And I know yours is coming! 😉
I do hope so… It feels like forever.
What a beautiful blog post. I enjoyed reading it very much!
Thank you so much Raani!
Your visit and time here is appreciated!
this is great stuff! Loved it!!!
Ganesh. Thank you so much for reading!!! I am touched that you enjoyed it!
Diane very nice. I’ll follow you anywhere- your blog, that is. 🙂
Thanks for liking my blog.
Thanks so much! You know me… I don’t ever “LIKE” something just for the click so ya know you are something special! I only click the best of the best! Thanks for following!!! 😉
Good old Ralph helped you out, huh? Love your blog!
Thank you Alice! I love yours as well!
Yes! He is pretty handy to have around…. aint he!!!? 😉
Hi Diane. Thank you for visiting my blog and your likes and comments. I can help you to get rid of “A great WordPress.com site” at the top of your page. Go to Dashboard/Settings/General/Tagline and type in what you like and don’t forget to Save Changes at the bottom of the page. Ralph x
Thanks Ralph! I will go check it out! (((Hugs))))
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t even realize that I could do that! NOW I wish I could take a class from you! I am sure there is a lot more that I never realized I could change on my page!!! Again, a thousand thank yous!!!
You are welcome 🙂 It looks like you have just had a major makeover. Different.
By the way your poem was great 🙂
I know you got me wandering around my site… but I think I may go back to the old background but until you, I didn’t even realize I had control over my tagline!!!! I guess the operative word here is : Duhhhhh! lol.
Duhhhhhh !! Great tagline 😀
LOL. Wish I had thought of that! I used to say it so much… I was a bad example to my daughter who got in trouble for saying it in 4th grade! Come on, duhhhh? seriously? I guess if she had said it to her teacher…. I’d get it… but she said it to another kid. After that I have been careful who I say it to, and it is usually only to describe me! 😉
Well, if it only describes you then it must be the perfect tagline 😉
I love the way you lay out the words with pictures interspersed…. I must say, I love your questions and answers because they sound exactly like something I’d say… LOL. (Only I’m sure I’ve done it a few more times than normal people…LOL)
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog and leaving such wonderfully kind comments! 😀
I came upon your blog by accident and I am absolutely hooked! YOU are amazing! A profound writer and thought provoker! And politically, I am ashamed to say… you educate me… I wish I had half the knowledge you seem to have. You make me want to learn at this old age rather than relying on what others say about things!!!
My bff of over 50 years is a cancer survivor and I have watched her fight… she is a survivor of over 15 years from stage 3 breast cancer and I think half of it was just getting angry at her no hope doctor who now uses her as a testimonial to give others hope… so my prayers are with you on this journey… but what really got me was your poetry! YOU are a package my dear! And I am pleased to have discovered you! Thank you for checking my blog out. I love your pics! I love your sayings! We should live next door! lol.
Beautiful, Dianne. I can certainly relate, but as I get older (and wiser?) I learn that I am exactly who I am because of all I’ve been, and who I am ain’t so bad.
(Found your poem via a re-blog by Sharla.)
I agree! That was my point exactly! Wouldn’t it be nice to go through all we have, knowing what we do now… with they… yes… wisdom (smile) that we now have because of the experiences and really appreciate who we are today? Like standing on a mountain top after the climb… It is hard to look down as we are climbing, but the view is crystal clear from the top. Ya know? I think we could actually define that as wisdom!
Thanks for reading! I appreciate everyone’s time cuzzzz I know I can be wordy!
Don’t worry about being wordy. It’s what you are.
I think… lol…
Some people dont’ consider that one of my better traits! But love ya for saying it!
You write well, and I believe we should write what we want to say, not what we think others want to hear. I don’t write to make money (a darn good thing) or to please others; I write because I love to write. I’ve learned over the years, that I am my biggest fan, and if I like it, that’s good enough. If someone else likes it, it’s just icing on the cake.
What an amazingly wise thing you just said, put so perfectly! I am positive that was a run on sentence. Smile.
I agree with you whole heartedly. And I had to smile when you said it was a darn good thing. I only wish I could write for a living in the perfect world inside of my head!
And writing for me… I agree! THAT is what it’s all about!
My daughter is a brilliant writer! I am totally re-writing Chapter six of my book over again, thanks to her.. and rightly so… I could take half of it out. But it took reading it out loud to her and getting an honest opinion by someone who loves me. And I totally agree when it comes to that but she also told me that I should have ended this poem at: Yes~ I’d do it all again.
And I have gotten more comments on the sentences after that, so in this case, I wrote it for me… because (for me) that was what the whole poem was about. And again, I am pretty darn wordy… lol… but the icing on the cake is definitely when someone else likes it!!! And meeting people like you that share the same passions. It is the icing and the cherry on top! (Remind me to thank Sharla!) 🙂
Sharla is a relatively new acquaintance. I love meeting new writers and readers on the “net”, and I am very pleased to meet you!
I like that – wisdom in revisions. Because I would not “do it all again”. I would prevent my son from what happened to him. I was too dumb, and without confidence to stand up for us both.
This is beautifully worded. Cheers.
But…. I read your about page and you have an amazing story…with many pages still to fill… a great life to give your son, an opportunity to break the cycle! I believe you will do great things! I am honored that you found this blog. Thanks for visiting!
Wonderfully written and the photos are amazing. I love this and I thank you for sharing. 😉
Thank you! Sometimes, I think I have more fun finding the right pictures than writing the words.
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An interesting thought
Thank you! I am following and praying for you now too.
Thank you so much. God blessings to you
Thank you Virgilio for taking the time to read and comment! It means a lot.
Awesome! Pinned and Tweeted. Will reblog tomorrow:>)
Reblogging has always been one of the greatest compliments! Thank you!
Wow that is so beautiful as well as thought provoking! Absolutely love it Diane! Great sentiments, words, pictures. I love that you really put your love in to bring it to us in the best possible way. It takes work and I appreciate the time you spent.
Ahhh! What can I say? I love you!!!!! You are the best little cheerleader ever!
Thank you! I appreciate your time here!!!!
Wow! LOVE this. Makes me ponder my own life! Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.
Thank you Ann… it does make a good poem for anyone. I would love to hear yours as you ponder! Smile.
Mine was good as far as blessing wise… a few eggshells got cracked in the course of stepping through the day… smile.. but it was good.
Thank you for asking! How about yours?
that was very beautifully written i felt i was hooked to it for a long time. A very artistic approach towards writing. Well i am not much into writing but still i felt hooked up with your writing.
Hooking someone is the highest form of a compliment! Thank you! And welcome! I love new readers!!! Thank you for your time!
Hey Hi ..Thanks .. So which country you are from ? And whats your name
United States and I am Diane or Di…depending on the mood! lol… Nice to meet you!
Hahah thanks . I am shwetal working for a leading wall street firm who has a office in India .. How come you are up so early in the morning. Its quite odd to see someone in US up so early.
Well I am quite odd. lol… Recooping from 20 over for Thanksgiving… took a nap yesterday after it finally caught up with me and here I am with my times all messed up… though… I actually do get up early anyway… not THIS early though!
Wow India!!! What time is it there?
Its 04:30 PM .. About to finish work and leave for the evening in next one hour or 2… So u have interests in Economics ? Do u have any messenger id’s where i can add u to interact further
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Ahhh I wish I could say so… In college, I took Economics 101 and barely passed with a C!!! My dad was a genius and skipped two grades in math but failed Economics and it was a big joke with us. I had a 3.8 and it nearly ruined my gpa but at least I passed! I am always impressed with people who know economics! So you are IN! LOL. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks mine is email@example.com if you have a gmail id do let me know
I think you should check my other articles on the blog if u are into economics. I have writtent a lot about banking
So did u have a chance to read my other articles in economics ?
I just now saw them… thank you.
I am sure u will like this one as well
I just responded to this one… thinking it was you and left a message to you!!! lol. When I scrolled up, I totally realized that it was not your blog! I guess Ralph is right… my tag line should be Duhhhhh ;D