Sunday, June 3, 2012

10-day blogging challenge. Day 5.

Day 5: Six things you wish you had never done.

Happy Sunday, everyone. Today has been a 100% lazy day thus far. Keely didn't even wake up until 10am. Literally, at one point, Chris, Abby and I were all reading on the couch while Libby, Keely and Connor were playing a game. It was almost surreal. A rare, quiet moment. Fleeting, yes, but nice when it took place. 

But I digress. Today, I am to write about 6 things I wish I had never done. Wow, this one is hard. For many reasons. Does it sound cliche to say that everything that has happened to me has shaped the person I am and therefore I can't "wish" anything away? Can I take that approach? :) Perhaps not, but I'm not sure I can think of 6. I'll try. In no particular order:

1. I wish I hadn't told Chris I didn't like a camera he had spent months researching for me less than an hour after I opened it one Christmas morning. True story. I wanted a particular camera. I got a different one. I didn't hold back when expressing my disappointment. I instantly regretted it when I saw how hurt he was. Stupid lesson learned. I'll never do it again. 

2. I wish I hadn't neglected to listen to my dad in high school - apparently, he knew a thing or two about the guy I was dating. ;) That's all I will say on that one. But I learned a whole hell of a lot, and that counts for something ... no, that counts for a lot. 

3. I wish I hadn't passed on the opportunity to play more sports in high school. I just think sports are good for kids and I should have played more. 

4. I wish I hadn't stopped singing. I love singing. Loved singing in a choir, loved singing in Rome after college. I wish I hadn't stopped. I know, I can do it again, but it all seems a little more difficult now with all the kids' activities. 

5. I wish I hadn't spent the first few years of my married/mommy life spending beyond my means simply because I wanted my kids to have the cutest clothes. Seriously. I just bought more than I should have. I've grown wiser. My kids are no less cute. Our bank account, however, is considerably larger now. Hmm, funny how that works. ;)

6. Let's see...what else? I wish I hadn't waited so long to begin a business of my own. :) Ok, this one may be a little bit of a cop-out, but I really can't think of anything else. And it happened when it was supposed to happen. Everything fell into place as it was supposed to. I take this as a good sign. 

I've been one very lucky woman - great family while growing up, supportive siblings and parents, a loving husband and wonderful kids. I don't have a whole lot of regrets. That makes me pretty darn happy.  

Up next: is Day 6: Five people who mean a lot {in no particular order}. This one will be easy. :)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
My Sister's Keeper
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The Pact
The Tenth Circle
Change of Heart
Keeping Faith
Handle with Care
House Rules
More Than It Hurts You
Amy and Isabelle
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Widow for One Year
The 158-Pound Marriage
To the Lighthouse
Between the Acts
A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas
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