Some of us grew up reading the hilarious and poignant writings of Erma Bombeck.

Erma wrote this particular article after she found out she was dying from cancer. It’s all about embracing life’s journey, turning regrets into life lessons, and personal growth through self-examination and change. This essay transcends time. Enjoy.


Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching real life.


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I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil,
or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later… Now go get washed up for dinner.’

There would have been more I love yous … more I’m sorrys … more I’m listenings …

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.”

Here’s to today and cherishing the precious life you have.

Much love,
Dr. Shawne

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