My “what-ifs” are plenty, if I let them seep through
to my current memory and what I’ve been through.
My days are long and trying if I analyze
all the choices I made that brought me this life.
My heart can feel heavy and sad and full
if I try to remember that life is not easy
and that times have been hard and that times have been grand
and that all along I haven’t really followed a plan.
Or maybe I have, but the plan wasn’t mine, and so I’m on an adventure not knowing what else I will find.
And the hours are fast and the minutes are slow
if I question the choices I made long ago.
But if I stay here
here in THIS moment
Then I must trust that this is ok.
It’s ok to be here and to feel this way.
Whatever way I’m feeling, whatever my life looks like
that ok. It’s OK to be who I am today.
Just because I didn’t know
the woman that I would become
or the twists and the turns I would find
doesn’t mean this isn’t a good place to reside.
The days are joyous and exciting and lovely
if I can stay here in the present and bubbly
with fulfillment that comes from knowing, that I,
here in this place,
am right where I should be.
I’m right where I am because of choices, that’s true, but regret is no fun and often no use
And today my choice is to be happy
Wherever that here is
it’s good to be there.
Wherever your “here” is,
I hope you are aware
that beauty surrounds you
even in your darkest place. Beauty surrounds YOU
if you just embrace
that choices have past and time has flown
and you have lived and you have grown
all to bring you here to this moment.
I hope that you treasure it, I hope that you own it
as yours, yours alone, your very own story.
Your very own beautifully voyaged place of glory.
*This poem was written in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and inspired by a prompt from Blogher about making decisions and having regrets.