No Do-Overs Allowed!

Ninety-plus-year-olds were asked: If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? Three answers recurred: I would reflect more. I would risk more. I would do more things that would live on after I’m gone. This isn’t a mini-do-over, re-inventing ourselves at 31 or 47. This is all-in, all-over, no do-overs allowed.

It forces reflection, doesn’t it? What risks should I take, right now? What shall I create that will live on after me? No sense waiting for my 90’s to regret what I didn’t do because I chose not to when I was younger and abler!

Thank you, anonymous 90-somethings, for sharing your life-wisdom. The Roman scholar, Cato, in response to the question: Why would you start learning Greek at the age of 80? replied: It’s the earliest age I have left. Hey! This is the earliest age I have left…to do anything. Heck, this is “the earliest age” any of us has left…to do anything.

If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? What would I do differently? What should I risk, starting now? What will I leave behind that’s meaningful? And…What will I regret not having done, looking back? Before you answer, remember—this is the earliest age any of us has left.

If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? Let’s answer it now and have no regrets when we’re the ninety-somethings they’re interviewing.

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1 thought on “No Do-Overs Allowed!”

  1. Jimmy Matorin

    I have first hand experience living with a 90+ individual. Someone that has made it this far does not reflect on what they would have done differently. Unrealistic thought. 90+ people usually focus on their legacy and everyone has a different spin on what their legacy is – material things on this side of the pond, family memories in Europe, etc.

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