Saturday, April 14, 2007

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

I would have -
  • spent my high school years actually learning something
  • listened when everyone told me to stay away from that boy
  • let the local surfers give me lessons
  • gotten my legs waxed instead of shaving
  • trusted my instincts more
  • learned to speak another language fluently
  • gone to karate classes
  • managed my money better
  • taken that job in Europe
  • written books about my travels

I would not have -
  • let my father's indifference affect me so much
  • been so hard on my mother
  • stopped working out on a daily basis
  • always been so hard on myself
  • second guessed everything I did
  • been so insecure about boys
  • allowed my social life go to hell
  • chickened out of going to college
  • come back to America before I was ready
  • let him go


Monkey's Human said...

That's it.

We were definitely separated at birth. In fact, this is a little creepy. Are you sure we weren't cloned at some point?

Brookelina said...

I am really starting to wonder if Officer Krupke did indeed take me from your family and dump me in New Jersey. Well, at least we finally found each other. Now we just have to meet once and for all.

Not to mention the fact that we are now commenting back and forth on each other's blogs at the same time.

Monkey's Human said...

This is the truly odd part. When we smile, our eyes both do that same crinkly up thing.

Officer Krupke has a lot of explaining to do.

Atlantic City! Monkey, Purple and Calzone! And you and I of course. The 2007 Monkey Mayhem Tour!

Be there.

Brookelina said...

Oh my God. People have been commenting about how my eyes "go Asian" when I smile my ENTIRE LIFE. I can't believe you just said that. You completely freaked me out.

I am so there! Oh the chaos we will's really quite titillating.

ChickyBabe said...

You know Brooke, I used to reflect on the past and what I would have done in a couple of life-changing situation, but once I forgave myself for making a decision based on what I knew back then, life became better.

Take it from one ChickyBabe to another :).


miss kendra said...

you complete me.

Princess of the Universe said...

I'm with everyone said exactly what's in my head.
There is not one thing that you listed that I can't relate to.

Übermilf said...

I would've done my chemistry homework.

I wouldn't have eaten that double cheeseburger that made me sick.

JaG said...

We have a lot in common!

Brookelina said...

Chicky - you are absolutely right. Still, I can't help but turn back the clock in my head now and then and think about how my life would be if I'd done things a bit differently.

Kendra - thank goodness I complete someone!

Princess - it's good to know I'm not alone in my wonderings.

Ubie - I'd have stuck with vegetarianism. No wait. I'd never have been one in the first place. That's what I meant.

Jag - I will check out your blog to be sure! Welcome!

Dan said...

So what, pray tell, have you suddenly learned?

Nance said...

be careful, or in a few years, you'll add "made lists of regrets".

feeling reflective, brookelina? it's this damned weather. i'm actually gladto be going back to work tomorrow! now, that's scary. it's been a shitty spring break and a lousy april. we'll snap out of it soon.

Spinning Girl said...



mist1 said...

I would have:
Stayed abroad.

I would not have:
Moved across the country to be with Him.

Flounder said...

I would not have gone back to college.

I don't use my degree at all and I have student loans that Jake will pay off.

Brookelina said...

Dan - what ever gave you the idea that I've actually learned something?

Nance - I'm always reflective. It comes from spending too much time alone. I seriously need a boyfriend.

Spinning Girl - oh baby!

Mist1 - better than moving across the world. We should chat sometime.

Flounder - fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

Anonymous said...

I would have fucked her.

I would not have fucked her.

make sense?

Brookelina said...

Of course. I'm assuming the first one was about me.

thephoenixnyc said...

Rgrets, I'va had a few, but then again, too few to mention.

I definitely would have laid of the Acid.

Anonymous said...

you are so right. man you are amazing.

Tim said...

I would not have -

eaten that second enchilada tonight

Chip Jones said...


I'm Danny and i regret my life!


Tits McGee said...

I must make out with you immediately.

jiggs said...

I too would have gotten my legs waxed instead of shaving.

Flounder said...


I just lobbed that softball up there for you, didn't I?

Bone said...

I always trust my instincts. I figure that's why I have them.

I hope the coming years bring you far fewer would haves and would not haves. *hugs*

Brookelina said...

Phoenix - I think you need to tell me more about this in a detailed email.

Danny - I know. Feel free to worship me from afar.
Really really far, you freak.

Tim - I'm sure your wife would have appreciated that.

Chip - you look vaguely familiar? Didn't you used to stalk me?

Tits - I'm going to be within a few hours' drive of in two months, so you better watch what you say!

Jiggs - it's really the only way to go.

Flounder - and I've been meaning to thank you for that.

Bone - there is nothing better than being hugged by a guy named Bone. I feel so dirty now. In a good way.

Dan said...

Well, if you haven't learned anything, then I don't understand the split between what you would have and would not have done if you "knew" then what you "know" now. That implies learning something. Perhaps its only how to conjugate the verb "to know."