I am 87 y.o. and at the end of my journey. I’ve been through so much, and today, I’m writing letters to special people. I wish to thank you for improving the quality of my life the past few years with your columns and books. There is so much to say… a simple thank you will have to suffice. I wish I could go back and make changes earlier on, but I can’t. I hope my daughter and the younger generations will listen to you. Happy New Year Suzy.
L.S., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Answer: I’m honored to be among the “special” people in your life, thank you very much. I’ve chosen your letter to inspire others to reclaim their health. I still recall a letter that was written by an 85 y.o. man explaining how he’d live his life differently if he could. The letter is found in the late Leo Buscaglia’s book, Living, Loving and Learning. Here it is:
If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I wouldn’t try to be so perfect. I would relax more. I’d limber up… I know very few things that I would take so seriously, I’d be crazier. I’d be less hygienic… I’d climb more mountains, I’d swim more rivers, I’d watch more sunset… I’d eat more ice cream and fewer beans. I’d have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see I was one of those people who lived prophylactically and sensibly and sanely hour after hour and day after day… I’d try to have nothing but beautiful moments- moment by moment by moment.
I’ve been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had to do it all over again, I’d travel lighter next time. If I had to do it all over again, I’d start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I’d ride more merry-go-rounds, I’d watch more sunrises, and I’d play with more children, if I had my life to live over again. But you see, I don’t.”