Today's post asks the question: What ten people, living or dead, would you love to have dinner with and why? This question always makes me think. I imagine it's best to choose people I can't have dinner with or maybe I've never had dinner with before, but there are many people I've known over the years that I'd love to see again, to chat with them over a meal. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to tell get the chance to tell someone I love them again or to simply talk to them.
At any rate, here are the ten people I've chosen. Some I've known; others I wish I had; and still others, I wish I could.
I don't think regrets are useful. It does no good to look back at life and wish I had done something differently. What if I had done what I thought I should have done? Would I still know the people I know? Still have the life I have now?
That said, though, everyone has tiny regrets. I might regret wearing a certain blouse, going to see a movie, or even taking the route I took home. Those are minor, inconsequential things that won't change the overall structure of my life. But, overall, I'm happy with how my life is. I hope you are as well!
I'll admit that I don't cry easily, mainly because I've had to be strong in my life. That strength is both a positive and a negative as it doesn't always allow me to express my emotions fully. But there are two things, besides the most obvious ones like the loss of a loved one or physical injury, that are guaranteed to bring on the waterworks.
Okay, so, today's challenge is if I had a million dollars, how would I spend it. First, that's a lot of money to just spend at any one time. Second, I know myself too well; I wouldn't spend all of it at once. I doubt I'd spend even a quarter of it at once. I might pay off my mortgage, give a lot to my friends, donate some to charity, and take one trip to New Zealand and another to England and all parts of Europe.
However I chose to spend it, I know I wouldn't just blow it. The mere thought makes me cringe! But I would want to help people as much as I could. To do that, I'd have to make the money work for me. I'd invest some and keep some back to live off of in my old age. But the most important thing to me would be making a difference. With a million dollars, I could do that.
I have favorite quotes for each area of my life like motivation, success, love, etc. So while I don't have an overall favorite quote that encompasses everything, I'll share the one that stays on my mind a lot. It's a reminder to me to be grateful for all that I have.
This is another challenging post for me, mainly because I'm inspired by so many people and not just those that are in my daily life. I'm inspired by people that have overcome challenges, people who never give up, people who do for others, and so many more. And my life is filled with inspiring people. I am so very blessed to have the life that I have and the people that are in it!
Narrowing my list down to three people isn't easy, but these are the three people who have inspired me most recently. I won't use their names because they'd prefer to remain anonymous, I'm sure.
Wouldn't it be cool to be able to choose any job you wanted? Out of all of the careers in the world, to be able to point a finger and say I want that one would be incredible. I'll admit, though, I haven't given much thought to any other job I'd want. Over the years, I've wondered why I didn't go to law school or why I didn't go down a different path, but overall, I've been content with the route I chose.
Still, if I absolutely had to choose, I think I'd be an astronaut just for the chance to be up in space, to see the universe up close and personal. It must be an amazing view, but beyond that, I can only imagine what it would be like to take steps no one has ever taken, to explore our world beyond what we grounded people can't!
I don't consider astronauts to be lucky because they have trained hard and dedicated their lives to the exploration of space. They have education and skills that have taken hours upon hours. So much is required of them. I see them as heroes, willing to risk their own health to explore our world without boundaries. As much as I'd like to be that brave and I'd love to know what it's like, I don't think I ever could. Still, it's nice to dream!
I don't know if I was three or four years old, but I remember standing at the door, well, really behind my mother's legs as she was standing at the door. I was looking out at a mass of swirling clouds. I didn't know at the time that it was a tornado. My sisters had just gotten home from school and were running up the driveway to get in the house before the tornado hit. I can still remember my mom's frantic screams, telling them to get inside.
To this day, I don't know how much damage, if any, that tornado did. I only know that it didn't hit our house. For years after that, I was terrified of severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes petrified me. It took me a long time to overcome that fear. Now, I don't mind sitting on my porch watching a thunderstorm. Don't think I'd watch a tornado, though! Those things still scare the hooey out of me, but I can at least get prepared without freezing in my tracks!
This isn't today's blog post challenge, but since I didn't care for the topic chosen, I decided to use this one instead. Back in 2016, I shared a list of fourteen items on my anti-bucket list and indicated it was a Part One. I always intended to finish it, but, alas, I didn't. So I'm writing the second part today. I'm still not sure if I'm finished!
I lost a really good friend of mine on December 10, 2018, and I feel that loss every day. There have been so many times when I've picked up the phone to call her before realizing I can't. Some of her old sayings constantly pop into my head, and I find myself using them more often than I ever did when she was alive. Maybe it's my way of keeping her alive in my life.
Rene was a writer, too, so we shared the same dreams. She'd been single the last few years of her life and could relate to my being single. We could talk about anything and everything. Nothing was off-limits. She shared my superhero fascination and watched many of the same television shows I do.
There were many ways we were different, of course, but that never came between our friendship. We had our fair share of disagreements, but we always found our way back to what mattered.
I miss her, and, without a doubt, I always will. And I wish I could talk to her one more time.
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