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If You Could Change One Thing In Your Life ~ What Would It Be?

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Last year I got to thinking.  I know, I know!  Dangerous territory!  But, I let it get the best of me and started to think.  I asked myself, “Self… If I could do one thing over in my life, what would it be?”


My answer then was ~ I wish I applied myself more in school and started a career I enjoyed earlier.

My answer now is ~ I wish the same as last year, but, also that I felt comfortable enough to uproot my life to live in a completely new environment that was out of my comfort zone. Whether it was a city life or country life.

I asked the question on my Facebook wall and answers I had received were:

  • One wished she went to Law School immediately after obtaining her Bachelors Degree.
  • Another friend wished she traveled more when she was younger, had no responsibilities and would have been perfectly comfortable doing it on the cheap, such as sleeping on hard, dirty floors.
  • Another wished she worked at the beach for the summer when she was a teenager.
  • Yet another would never have stopped running.
  • My one sister responded that she wished she hired a professional photographer for her wedding (she’s the photo freak in the family 🙂 ) and wished she hadn’t stopped at two children.
  • My brother wished he didn’t have a learning disability that slowed him down in life. (Happy to say he is FINALLY going on his first cruise this year! Love that man 🙂 )
  • Another friend said she wished she kept her Geography class in the 9th grade instead of Physics. High School Counselors, take note!  Learn the students you are advising!  She would have known that Geography was her strong suit with the proper guidance.
  • Yet another friend said she would never have gotten married before the age of 30. She only did it because she didn’t want to never have been married when she turned 30. Married in 1997 when there was still a strong feeling that you had to be married before you were 30.
  • The final persons response?  If she had done one thing differently, she wouldn’t have her wonderful children today.

I shared this post again and asked them, in the year since you answered this, has your answer changed?

Most of the answers had remained the same. I know it was only one year later, but, a lot can change in a year!


  1. Alli Rutherford Smith

    I wish I would have bought stock in Walmart back in the 70’s when Sam Walton expanded his stores – and other start-ups that are now huge companies. 🙂 Back in the day, we weren’t taught much about finances. Other than things like that, I pretty much try to live my life with no regrets. I did love reading all the answers you received on FB.

  2. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It’s really interesting to see the answers people have posted to this question. I definitely try to live my life without regrets,

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    I would have liked to travel more when I was younger. Luckily I am getting the chance now that my nest is empty.

  4. Amanda Love

    I’m not sure what else is there that I want to change in my life. At the moment, I am content and happy with what I have and if I changed anything in the past then I won’t be in the same place today.

  5. MimiCuteLips (@mimicutelips)

    I generally don’t believe in changing things. If you change one thing you change everything. With that said I wish I had gone to college after I graduated HS for the true college experience.

  6. Angelic Sinova (@SimplySinova)

    These is such a hard question because I truly believe that everything happens so a reason. Although, if I HAD to change one thing in my life it would be investing in Disney or Apple stock back in the day.

  7. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    its a tough question. honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing–even the tough times, because they’ve made me appreciate the good times even more. I like to look at life with an attitude of gratitude

  8. rachellaycook

    I wish I had taken high school more seriously. I did amazing in university but I missed out on a lot of opportunities off the bat because I didn’t take school seriously as a teenager. If I could go back I’d have taken AP courses and tried to apply for more scholarhips/better schools. But hindsight is 20/20 and my life has sitll turned out well! 🙂

  9. Brandy

    This is always a tough question for me because I am not sure what I would change. Hmmm I really don’t want to change a thing except maybe have my boyfriend not be broken ankled up anymore? He broke his ankles and the bills pile in (no insurance for him) and watching him not be allowed to walk on it (or able to) stinks

  10. tiarasandtantrums

    I can agree with you there – I took a break in between high school and college and it took me longer than I had thought it would to really get in gear with college. Once I did, I was behind all my friends, but quickly caught up – but do wish I had not wasted those years doing pretty much nothing but having fun.

  11. Chubskulit Rose

    Wow, reading all the answers given by different people makes me want to make a lost of things I wish I would have done when I was younger. Some the answers I can totally relate.

  12. Bonnie Gowen

    Very tough question for me to answer lol. I did enjoy reading the responses from facebook though.

  13. Kate Kelly (@mym0mmybrain)

    Gosh that is a hard one. I’m a pretty strong believer in everything happens for a reason so I don’t know that there is one thing that I would really change. If pressed, I guess it would be to have saved/invested money when I was younger. And traveled more before I had kids.

  14. Coffee With Us 3 (@CoffeeWithUs3)

    I wish my husband and I had lived on less when we first got married, before having kids. We could have lived a much simpler life and had our mortgage paid down far more before having kids. But alas, here we are slogging away at paying off the mortgage! lol

  15. jmanandmillerbug

    I’m not sure what I would change in my life. God has blessed me in a lot of ways and I think I am the way I am because of my past. There is definitely sadness in my life or failure but in the end I think it help me learn to move on faster.


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