One final thought (for now!) on the quote “I coulda been a contender…”.
Years ago I read about a study on what habit or habits long-lived people had in common. Scientist were trying to find the key that would provide the formula for living into the 90s and longer. They postulated that things like regular exercise, good nutrition, not smoking or over-indulging in alcohol would be habits that all people in their 90s and older would share.
Scientists were shocked to discover that none of these habits were shared by all the people in their studies. There were people who had some wine or beer every day; a few smoked; others never regularly exercised.
But, there was one trait that all long-lived people shared, and it was something that the researchers hadn’t considered.
The habit that they all shared was letting go.
As quickly as they could, they shook off hurts, disappointments, frustrations, and negative thoughts and behaviors.
They didn’t waste their time with lamenting that they “coulda been a contender”.
They turned their back on the past, faced forward, and embraced the future.
Good advice for us all to follow!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,