It seems to me that when you're in your thirties it's a time to search for understanding and by the time you hit fifty it's a search for acceptance. Not to take anaything away from all the every day wonder, astonishment, connection, and love in the world, but part of acceptance is accepting that things don't always happen for the best, life can be unfair, and some questions don't have easy or any answers.
Ah, but what's to stop me from wishing backwards? This idea makes me think that wishing ahead is about hope and wishing back is perhaps about regret.
Backward, forward, or anywhere in between, I have a hearty list of things I wish I'd hear:
That mistake in your retirement account? Turns out it was in your favor. You can stop working anytime now.
This is Random House. We're offering you a book contract for The Light Stays On and MGM wants movie rights.
Susan Sarandon wants to play Lily. So does Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet.
You've achieved lifetime status at Weightwatchers, kj. You're the perfect weight.
The winner of tonight's Wheel of Fortune trip around the world is kj306.
Mom, it's me, Jessica: Mike and I and the kids are moving to the town next to you. Can we come over every Friday night for dinner?
I know we loved each other and I'm sorry I hurt you.
An online community of 50 bloggers is meeting up for a week in Provincetown and every single person will be real and wonderful.
Mr President, Congress has agreed that the best thing for the United States is to find ways to compromise and cooperate. No more gridlock.
All of JB's collages sold at her gallery opening. She has immediately cashed the checks and booked a three week trip for two to South Africa.
kj, this is Houghton Mifflin. We'll double the advance for "The Light Stays On" and several film studios want movie rights. You get to decide who plays Lily and Alex and Mike and Max.
You don't know me but I had a dream about your dog Stella and she asked me to find you and tell you that she is fine, that the next time you see her she will be able to run straight to you.
All your friends are healthy and any of their financial woes are history.
I'm happy to tell you that this free little bracelet will take care of everything you need to know about computers. You will no longer lose documents, have problems with Blogger, or otherwise be required to have g.d. programming skills.
I could go on. Indefinitely. But I'll end by tossing out this idea of backwards or forward. Anything you'd like to hear yourself? I'll bet there is!