I know it’s supposed to be healthier to only look forward, don’t look back, blah blah blah. But let’s face it, we all look back. After all, how are we supposed to learn from our lessons or benefit from our experience if we don’t look back?

Thanks to Peggy Sue got Married, I often think about what I would do if I was dropped into my past knowing what I know now.

What would I do differently?

I would have taken that internship with the Weinermobile. When people have to throw out interesting tidbits about themselves, I would have topped most people. Maybe not my friend who was kidnapped three different times when she lived in Russia or my other friend who has been hit by lightning, but it’s pretty good.


I would have bought that sketch that I suspected was a real Picasso when I worked at the consignment store. Turns out, it was a real Picasso. I was afraid of spending the $35 and I didn’t know what I would do with it to verify its authenticity. This was before Antiques Roadshow was around to help us uncultured folk.


This is not the sketch. I couldn’t find any images of the sketch.

I’d buy stock in the internet companies I knew were going to be a winner. I remember when Yahoo was going public but I had never bought stock and didn’t know anything about the process. Rather than do a little research and ask some questions, I just didn’t do it and I’m sorry now. I knew this was going to be something big and I was passive. I don’t mind lazy but just passive really irritates me.


I’d be nicer and hang out more with my little brothers when we were all younger. I enjoy them so much now, I think I would have enjoyed them then too. When I dream of them, they are young and small like when we were growing up together in the same house. I’d like that time with them back.


More sciences. I loved all my science classes when I was in high school. I graduated with 6 science credits and I wanted to pursue it as a career but was distracted by fun art classes and then fun behavioral science classes. I would be very happy in a field of science research and I’d love the challenge.

I would be less afraid of my abilities. There are many instances when I’ve held off doing something because I was afraid I couldn’t do it but I was always wrong and always sorry I didn’t just dive in. I hate wasting time worrying.

What would you absolutely do differently if given a second chance?

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One Response to Hindsight

  1. Sue says:

    Would have stuck it out at Cal. Been a less needy girlfriend in my younger years. Said yes to longer commutes for work. I could get deeper with more time but yes, I have so many what ifs. But as my Father liked to say, if chickens hadd balls they’d be roosters! The question is, what will you do moving forward?

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