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Written by Jorge Luis Borges   
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:34

If I could live my life again,

I would try to make more mistakes.

I would not try to be so perfect.

I would relax more,

I would be sillier than I have been;

in fact I would take very few things seriously.


If I could live my life again,

I would be less hygienic.

I would take more risks, more trips,

watch more sunsets, contemplate more dawns,

climb more mountains, swim more rivers,

go to more places I have never been.


I would take more rides on the merry-go-round,

play with more children, eat more ice cream and less beans,

have more real problems and less imaginary ones.


I was one of those people whom lived each moment prudently and productively;

of course I had moments of joy.

But if I could go back,

I would try to have only good moments.

In case you don’t know, that’s what life is made of,

only good moments.

Do not forget the here and now.


I was one of those who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a bag of hot water,

an umbrella and a parachute;

if I could live again,

I would travel lighter.

If I could live again,

I would start walking barefoot

from the beginning of the spring until the end of autumn.


If I could live again,


But you see, I am 85 years old and I know I am dying.


                                                                                       --Jorge Luis Borges

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