I haven’t found the original source for this quote but it has been attributed to Nadine Stair of Louisville, Kentucky. It has been said that she was 85 when she wrote this.
“If I had my life to live over I’d like to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax and limber up. I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip. I’d take fewer things seriously and take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I’d eat more ice cream and less beans. I’d have perhaps more actual troubles, but I’d have far fewer imaginary ones.
You see I’m one of those people who lives sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had it to do again, I’d travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances, ride more merry-go-rounds, I would pick more daisies.”