For Beth

Katy and Glenda Swinging

Katy and Beth Swinging

I’m going to check out of this bourgeois motel,
push myself from the dinner table and say,
“No more Jell-o for me, mom!”
–Michael Fitzsimmons,
Peggy Sue Got Married

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
–Mark Twain

Well.  The truth of the matter is that there really is always room for Jello and it actually tastes pretty good but there’s not much to recommend it nutritionally.  It’s just a nice bit of cool fruitiness on the tongue that is especially nice on a hot day or after a too rich dinner or just when you need to feel like a kid again.  The problem is, that there is no substance in Jello.  It is quickly gone and you have nothing to show for having it other than brief taste, calories and sugar.  I think that was the point of Michael Fitzsimmons rant.  It’s OK but it is really nothing and he really wanted something.

When you begin to approach the last 30 or 40 or 50 years of your life, you begin to think about what you have done and the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything.  It’s harder than you would think to live a life without regrets.  As Old Blue Eyes would say, “I’ve had a few”. However, I can say that every time I’ve followed the advise of Mark Twain and thrown off the bowlines, sailed away, reached beyond my expectations, explored, dreamed, and been bold and determined, I have always succeeded and learned and grown and been glad I took the chance.

There is a question going round the internet, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”  I, for one, would never attempt anything if I knew I could not fail.  It is the challenge of the possibility of failure and succeeding even when the odds are against you that really puts the spring in my step. Boldly going where no man has gone before?  That’s my cup of tea!

Some of the big things I regret aren’t the things themselves but rather why I did them.  What I never regret is being bold and stepping up and saying, “Hey, I can do that!”  I’ve been told by many that I’m too bold.  I’m too much.  I am to0 independent.  Tough to hear but let me just say right now, “I’m just right and if I want to continue being bold, push away from the table and say, no to Jello, that’s exactly what I will do.” Life is more fun if you live it like you mean it and I will continue along that way so when I look back there are fewer regrets.

On the other hand
Jello is a nice little treat.

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