You may have heard this song so eloquently sung by Frank Sinatra, one that has been resonating with me these last few weeks.
I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I traveled each and every highway.
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, I did. No doubt about that.
For a little girl growing up in the 1940s and ’50s, I was pretty nervy and daring. I fought the “rules” for little girls, and I dreamed big, although it took me about 25 years to begin to live a life so different than I’d ever even imagined. Early programming was hard to let go of!
I’ve had a few.
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do,
And fought it through without exemption.
True, at least for my early years. We can’t know what we don’t know, and there was just so much I hadn’t ever known about! So yeah. I goofed sometimes, but as I look back, I can understand most of it. So, I just have a few real regrets.
But I actually do have one now, due to a situation that I probably didn’t manage as smartly as I might have.
I didn’t act purely on emotion, although that surely played a part.
I didn’t act too quickly; I carefully spent a few weeks mulling things over, hoping there’d be a way to keep on going. But for me, the final straw just made moving on necessary.
So what are my regrets?
That I didn’t see any other way out … that I didn’t see what else to do that I hadn’t already tried … that I had felt compelled to act as I did.
Yes, there were times I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way.
So, how did that work out for me?
Did I “bite off more than I could chew”? I hadn’t thought so, but there was a learning curve that was a little different from what I had thought it would be. But all in all, I think I did pretty well.
But did “doing it my way” give me the results I hoped for?
Not at all.
Not this time.
Do I wish I could turn back the clock on this? Yes.
The lesson here for me: Yes, age came along with wisdom, thank goodness, but not 100%! I can still make mistakes, I can still lose my way … and I guess I can still find ways to continue on, even on a different path than I’d hoped for.
How about YOU, friends?
How do you see your life in the past and/or now? What lessons have you learned that we could all benefit from knowing? Any regrets?
Hear the full Frank Sinatra song here: