Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Instantes

Si pudiera vivir nuevamente mi vida, en la próxima trataría de cometer más errores. No intentaría ser tan perfecto, me relajaría más. Sería más tonto de lo que he sido, de hecho, tomaría muy pocas cosas con seriedad.

Sería menos higiénico. Correría más riesgos, haría más viajes, contemplaría más atardeceres, subiría más montañas, nadaría más ríos. Iría a más lugares adonde nunca he ido, comería más helados y menos habas, tendría más problemas reales y menos imaginarios.

Yo fui una de esas personas que vivió sensata y prolíficamente cada minuto de su vida; claro que tuve momentos de alegría. Pero si pudiera volver atrás trataría de tener solamente buenos momentos. Por si no lo saben, de eso está hecha la vida, sólo de momentos; no te pierdas el ahora.

Yo era uno de esos que nunca iban a ninguna parte sin termómetro, una bolsa de agua caliente, un paraguas y un paracaídas. Si pudiera volver a vivir, viajaría más liviano.

Si pudiera volver a vivir comenzaría a andar descalzo a principios de la primavera y seguiría así hasta concluir el otoño. Daría más vueltas en calesita, contemplaría más amaneceres y jugaría con más niños, si tuviera otra vez la vida por delante.

Pero ya tengo 85 años y sé que me estoy muriendo.

This is an incredible piece of writing from an unknown author who talks about the things he would do differently if he had the chance to live his life over. He talks about being less focused on perfection and being less careful. He laments the fact that he was often over-prepared and over-worried; he didn't take the risks he wishes now he had taken. If he could do it again, he says he would have more real problems and less imaginary ones. Throughout he talks about what he would do differently, but the last line says, "But I am 85 years old, and I know I am dying."

What I like the most about this is that I'm not 85 years old, and at age 21 I can take a lesson from this writer. The things that seem like monumental occurrences won't matter much in the grand scheme of things. What will matter is the time I've taken to enjoy living. It can all be simplified into one line from Ms. Frizzell on The Magic Schoolbus: "Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!"

19 comments:

WH said...

I like your educated blog posts :) LOL

Mitos said...

Hola soy Mitos y megustaría saber de donde has sacado Instantes pues me gusta.
Saludos. Mitos

Kindall said...

Hola Mitos! Es una poema anónima, pero mucha gente cree que es por Borges.

Inspire, Create, Defy Predictability said...

it's called instantes by nadine stair

James Gatz said...

I enjoyed this. My spanish is very rusty due to learning Chinise pero yo creo que esta poema es... bonita... gah! es una lastima! mi vocabulario es asi pequeno! shrug* I liked that thanks for sharing it

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The Plump Trainer said...

A strong message! And a good thought too! That is what I am trying to do...

as the Dead Poet's Society always harps on

Seize the day! :)

Simply Me said...

just found your blog- new follower!

32123 said...

Good advice

JiJoux said...

wonderful. I'm 42 years old and I'm living a very hard period in my life, I really needed these words...

洪淑芷 said...

thank for share, it is very important . ̄︿ ̄

eME. said...

Creo que tomaré el consejo :), por suerte aún tengo 18 años.
Gracias por el texto, es genial!

上宜俊宇芳心 said...

Prevention is better than cure.......................................................

stavrina said...

that's really inspiring. thanks

Amy said...

I appreciate your PO very much the picture with the article. Continues to refuel!!

逸凡逸凡 said...

GOOD........................................

Emmalene said...

What a lovely post...thank you. Aunque todos estamos muriendo, no?
I'm writing a blog about Spanish cooking if you're interested in seeing it- http://cocinadelina.blogspot.com
Best wishes x

Francis said...

This is great!

Amanda Monteiro said...

Nice blog. Mixing English with Spanish! What about Portuguese? I think you should try!
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