Monday, November 30, 2009

Things I Wish I Could Still Do

There's no time like the present to look to the past. With that thought in mind, I'm going back to some thoughts  from a long ago post about things I wish I could still do.

It occurred to me recently that there a lot of things that I have been able to do at some point in my life that I don't or can't do anymore. This is sadly not a complete list, but includes a few of the things that are probably now in the past for me:

The splits-Not a lot of call for this in everyday life, but it would sure be nice to still have that kind of flexibility.

Roller skate-I could, I'm sure, still roller skate, but I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago and chose not to, mostly because I've broken my tail bone three times and that is the way I always seem to fall, and I would surely fall. 

Drive over the speed limit-Without feeling guilty.

Hand stands and cartwheels-Again not much call for these, but still fun things to do.

Ski the blacks-I guess I could still do this, but I refer back to the broken tail bone thing above. I'll stick to the greens and blues...with lots of breaks for a hot toddy. 

Leap tall buildings in a single bound-Okay, I could never actually do this, but it would be nice to have the confidence of youth that makes us feel like we could.

Stay up all night-Or at least get by on only six hours or so. I am pretty fond of a good eight hours.

Water ski-I actually could and would still do this, but no one with a boat and all the equipment has made me an offer for a while.

Drink coffee after 2 p.m.-Don't want to threaten that good eight hours.

They say life is about trade offs, and back when I could do the splits, ski the blacks and stay up all night I didn't have any grandchildren.


  1. My list looks very similar to yours! Sadly, a year or so ago I spent several hundred dollars buying roller skates... cos I was determined to skate again... but like you.. I'm too scared of hurting myself!
    Why does age stop us doing so many things? Experience I think has taught us what is not a good idea to do anymore!

  2. You have a great list-- but you saved the best for last-- Grandkids :-)


  3. Ah - grandkids beats doing the splits!

  4. Yeah, I´d take grandkids over the splits any day!! :)

  5. Isn't it funny (funny-strange that is) how there comes a point in your life when you all of a sudden know that you are likely to break a hip if you do all the things you used to do? Hee hee.

  6. your header is one big html crazy looking thing btw

    this makes me sad b/c there are some things on that list that include me

    trust me don't water ski either - you won't be able to walk without a scowl on your face for 2 weeks

  7. I like your list, too. I might add dancing the Tango, but I'd need a great partner (someone who would make me look like I knew what I was doing)!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your prayers. It means a lot.

    Grandkids is on the list, and I am so looking forward to them!

    liz at noexcuses

  8. Oh girl.... I used to do a mean split myself. Four years of cheerleading kept me pretty limber. Now? Not so much!

    I tried water skiing once, never got my fat butt out of the water and ended up breaking all my nails. I was humiliated. Never snow skied. But I used to Rollerblade.

    Now I'm satisfied walking and doing my little FIRM workouts. I feel blessed to be able to do that since last year at this time I was more than 70 pounds heavier and just crossing the living room to answer the phone was a challenge.

    As for grandchildren... how lucky are you? I hope to have some of my own someday.

    ♥ Alix