I wasn’t going to post again today simply because I’m tired; but you know how it is when you find new energy… And when your topic is the title of a Cher song, well, who wouldn’t jump up to post?
Tonight’s Daily Prompt topic is this.
If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?
Well, there are a few things I could imagine being present for again because they were filled with such incredible happiness.
- My wedding day — start of a new life with the woman I love so much.
- The births of my children — being transformed from Harvey to “Daddy”.
Then there are moments that were peaceful.
- That time after my son was born when we took a six week road trip — our new family spending time together exploring this great land.
- The time after my daughter was born — snow falling, fire burning in the fireplace, sleeping baby in the arms of sleeping Daddy.
Doing something over?
- I might have asked my wife out sooner, like when we first met ten years earlier.
- Perhaps I could have thought out my career arc a little better.
- I definitely would have started working out, running, whatever when I was in my teenage years. I think it would have helped me develop the habit much earlier.
- Maybe I wouldn’t pursue that second Master’s Degree. So far, it’s brought me nothing but increased debt and increased doubt (that I’ll ever advance beyond my current job).
But a moment in which I would love to find myself again is any moment before the death of my twin sister. We were so young when she died I really have no memories of her. I just want a memory, something to hold in my mind.
Fortunately, for all the dumb things I’ve done in my life God doesn’t allow do-overs of this sort; that is, actually going back in time. If He let us go back only for the things we wanted to, it wouldn’t be just. Quite frankly, I don’t want to go back on some of the stupid things and bad choices, like my sins. I’m thrilled to leave them where they belong — in the past where I can’t do anything about them and they are locked forever.