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Senior Moments: Don't let new opportunities pass you by; life is not a rehearsal

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, May 9, 2019

It’s spring and a chance for new beginnings.

A fun thing to do this time of the year is to locate live-streaming videos of interesting birds, such as the osprey nest in Seaside (

There are other cameras set to see the nest and hatching of barn owl, bald eagle and great blue heron chicks. You will find several have already hatched but you can look at short videos to see much of the action that took place.

Recently, I was reminded of the saying, “Live this day as if it were your last.” What does that mean to me?

Sometimes I ponder that statement and especially now that I am getting older each year. That’s a silly statement, I know, because everyone alive is getting older each year.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple at age 45, told a graduating class that “If you live each day as if it were your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.”

One younger couple, learning that my hubby and I had been married more than 50 years, asked for our secret to a successful marriage.

I readily replied, as I have often done, that our secret could be partly because we remained polite to each other, always trying to remember to say thank you and please.

That may sounds dumb to this generation, where it seems more fun to humiliate or make fun of one’s mate, supposedly in a teasing manner. However, regardless of whether you are newlyweds or married more than 65 years, I urge you to take heed and try it.

How did I get on that? Oh, I know, saying thank you to God and even please wouldn’t hurt. You can be polite whether you’re planning for an eternity in Heaven (or in the other place starting with an H). Others have cautioned that we stop treating life as if it were a rehearsal. Remember, the past is over and gone.

Some have said there is no guarantee for the future. I take issue with that. Go to church on Sunday and you may see what I mean.

Enough with wise quotations as I suspect, in the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take.

I just thought of one that may sound silly or dumb to you, but I was at a neighborhood potluck Friday evening and one of the men brought a karaoke machine. The choices were all old songs from the middle of the last century.

He kept coaxing participants and I kept thinking I’d do it next time. But before I knew it, there was no next time. It was over!

I do not have any rhythm to my voice, but think I could have done it and it was something I had never done before. I’d had my chance.

Maybe that would be a good bucket list idea? What’s on your list?

I recently reviewed an article by a hospice advocate who noted that the most-heard regret from a dying senior was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Maybe it’s time to start our bucket lists?

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