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10.07.2011

travel light.




"I would have actual troubles & fewer imaginary ones."


the whole thing makes my heart swell to such an extent that it actually hurts. to make more mistakes. to fail more often. to go barefoot.

it all makes such good sense.






the gorgeous sarah posted this yesterday 
and i just had to share. 
if only for myself. so i might remember.

28 comments:

jorjiapeach said...

wow. nadine gets it. now we must live it.

Alissa said...

This made me teary. Thank you SO much for posting.

Irene said...

I love this! So beautiful! :-)

Toni said...

That was my favorite line too! It reminds me of a quote by Mark Twain, "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened."

Anna said...

Ah, I saw this on Sarah's blog too and about died. It is too perfect and really puts things in perspective.

debbiecutieface said...

so inspirational!

Mackenzie said...

i smiled the entire time i read this. i need it put on a coffee mug to drink from everyday. yes.

molly YEH! said...

i wanna print it out and put it on my fridge.

sophie said...

this is just what i needed to read this morning. thank you.

emkat28 said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I think everyone should read her words.

Amanda Blair said...

I've always tried to live my life with the philosophy of "when I'm 99 and on my death bed, will I regret doing this or not doing this?" The answer is almost always not doing something. I love getting reminders and confirmation that life is simple and we shouldn't take it, or ourselves, so damn seriously. I kinda think I need to print this out and frame it.

Katie said...

Wow. I adore this. I think it needs to be framed and hung on my wall.

Katie Anderson said...

Well, isn't this just the perfect start to the weekend? (I read this at 4.22pm on a sunny Friday - you can infer from this that I've already given up on work!)

In fact, I might just post this over on my corner of the internet too. Hope you don't mind!

Oh, and belated happy new year of Meg x

steffisworld said...

I just love this, but I think the original text this one:

"If I were able to live my life anew, in the next I would try to commit more errors. I would not try to be so perfect, I would relax more. I would be more foolish than I've been, in fact, I would take few things seriously.

I would be less hygienic. I would run more risks, take more vacations, contemplate more sunsets, climb more mountains, swim more rivers. I would go to more places where I've never been, I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans, I would have more real problems and less imaginary ones.

I was one of those people that lived sensibly and prolifically each minute of his life; Of course I had moments of happiness. If I could go back I would try to have only good moments. Because if you didn't know, of that is life made: only of moments; Don't lose the now.

I was one of those that never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, an umbrella, and a parachute; If I could leave again, I would travel lighter. If I could live again, I would begin to walk barefoot until autumn ends. I would take more cart rides, contemplate more dawns, and play with more children, If I had another life ahead of me.

But already you see, I am 85, and I know that I am dying."

-- Variously attributed to Jorge Luis Borges and Don Herold


Thanks a lot anyway for posting it, your blog is such an amazing inspiration for me!

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

for me, the hardest part is that i try not to worry endlessly about things (like my college degree but non-existant "real" job) but my parents (and extended, very large, catholic, family) are FREAKING out. i love this quote because you know what? it's not a "real" trouble. i live at home, so rent isn't putting me in debt, i'm able to spend time with my family after 4 years living overseas, and i *do* have a paycheck!! the job will come!

in other news- Happy Belated Birthday Meg!!! October birthdays are the best, aren't they??
also, i totally linked to that ryan gosling letter you had in your link-ups the other day.
<3

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Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

love

Sonja said...

I've read this before I looooove it! It's so very true! Thanks for reminding me of it!
also I came across this today, and remember you writing about it ...this is better :o)
http://d30opm7hsgivgh.cloudfront.net/upload/290522350_5CSHRj3G_c.jpg

Tiffany said...

I loved this so much that I did a blog post about it after reading Sarah's blog yesterday too! :)

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Holly said...

i freaking love it. so so so so so much

mme. m. said...

Do you ever write any blog entries that aren't about yourself?

Celeste said...

perfection. the best part about writing blogs that seem "to only be about yourself" is that more often than not, they're about everyone else, too.

malislatkis said...

I love it. If I had my life to live over, I would stop dating such douchebags and find my backbone.

Sentimental? I'll work on it and maybe edit a few words here and there! :P

Jeneric Generation said...

When I think about all the things I have worried about that turned out fine....they are significantly more than the ones I worried about that turned out badly. And on top of that, worrying did nothing to determine the result.

wildchild said...

love it. preach it, nadine.

Meghan said...

I have set this as the background on my computer. Giving us all perspective, as usual Meg. Thank you.

Leti! said...

love it!

Kate said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't tell you how much this has affected me. <3