"I wish I could re-live..."
Oh goodness. How much time do I have for this one? I guess when it comes to questions like this one always thinks about regret. But as much as I regret certain times of my life, I would never go back and do them again. So I've chosen two very influential times in my life for this question.
First is my semester abroad. I went to London for three months. I was 20 and had previously been living at home going to college so this was my first time "away". And I went far. I was homesick a bit but also met some great people and had a wonderful time. It was my first city experience and I wholeheartedly believe that it prepared me for life in this big, bad city. I'm from the 'burbs. It was a big deal. I fell in love with that city though and though at the time three months was enough, looking back I wish I could do it again and stay longer. I'd see more of Europe (I did see Amsterdam, Belgium, Paris, Prague, and Venice though), worry less, and love it all over again. I have not ruled out living abroad again and I secretly have it in my head that I will find someone whose job prospects take us there and I will live a lovely ex-pat life for a few years.
Secondly, if I could, I would re-live college - the second part that is. (I transferred during my junior year to a school in Northern CA.) This isn't because I had so much fun or because I want to go back but because I would use the knowledge I've gained since I've graduated and make it a bit easier on myself. Most people love college. I did not. It was hard for me. I was impossibly hard on myself, stressed out all the time, studied too much, never really found my place, and a bunch of other things that really affected me. But I was determined not to be a quitter, to stick it out, to get a degree from that school. As I said before I don't really want to go back. I would not want to relive it at all but if I did, I would do some things a bit differently. But I know that my experiences there made coming here possible as well. Had things been easy for me I would probably be living in California, working at a job I don't like, and would never have realized that New York is home. It was tough. I learned I was made of tough stuff and can get through anything. For that, I don't regret a thing.
So what about you? What would you relive?