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Would You Go Back?

May 3, 2021

I took one of those Facebook surveys today. The ones were you answer 25 questions about various aspects of your life. I normally don’t post these on my own wall. But, if a friend posts them, I will answer it as a comment on their wall. One question struck me because my friend answered it emphatically yes, and I answered it emphatically no.

18. Would you go back to being a child if you could?

What would you say? When you’re kids you really want to grow up. It’s not uncommon for adults to reminisce and wish to return to the innocence of childhood. Maybe it’s because my life in a good spot. But, even if it wasn’t, I don’t think I’d want to be a child again.

“You’re not the only one who’s made mistakes

But, they’re the only thing you can truly call your own”
– “You’re Only Human” by Billy Joel

I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes. My kids think I’ve made more than I do, but what kid doesn’t? I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes. I view the mistakes in our lives similar to working out at the gym. I know some people who enjoy working out at the gym. I’m not one of those guys. Working out, for me, is a chore. But, like anyone I enjoy the results.

if you spent months working out, and finally got into great shape, would you change it? Would you give up the hours of work? I wouldn’t. Because if you give up those hours, if you go back to life before the gym, you have to also give up the gains.

“No thank you. I don’t get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody. They’re way too valuable.”
– Mater

My childhood wasn’t perfect. In fact, there were parts that were terrible. But, there were good parts, too. And I wouldn’t trade what I got for for an easier time. Or even a chance to go through it again.

“I could have missed the pain

But I’d have had to miss the dance”

– “The Dance” Garth Brooks

I don’t begrudge those who would gladly take the chance to go back, either to take a different path or to try to avoid the pain.

For me, ti’s not a tough question.

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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