24 June 2012

Life's too short for ...

'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, a beer or Champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!” '

Author Unknown.

You get to my age, get laid up and get your priorities changed. Here's An A-Z (because I know ya'all like that sorta thing) of what I reckon Life is too short for....

A - Angst.  There's always someone worse off than you.
B - Bravado - being real normally pays off.
C - Cheap tissues / loo roll.  Honestly.  
D - Doing yourself down. One day you'll be older, fatter and even more forgetful!
E -  Everest - if some days seem like you're climbing a mountain - give yourself a break.
F -  Swearing. We can all do better :/
G - Golf - unless it's crazy.
H - Hypocrisy.
I -   Idiots.  Walk away.
J -   Judging a book by its cover. Everyone has a story.
K - Knackered dreams - resurrect them. Don't forget them.
L -  Lying (see B).
M - Moaning - just get on with it / change it / accept it.
N -  Nans - They won't be here for ever. Make the most of them while they are still around.
O -  Orange tans.
P -  Permanence - the only permanent thing in life is Change.
Q -  Quitting - follow your heart and your instincts, despite what people say to deter you and one day, you''ll understand why you were led down a certain path.
R -  Rubbish wine
S -   Sulking.
T -  Too long on Twitter.
U -  Unkindness or being too Up yourself.
V -  Vast quantities of self-deprivation. We all need to treat ourselves.
W - Wasting your time.
X -  Exes.
Y -  Yelling at our kids *Reminds herself of H and slaps own wrists. Really hard.*
Z -  Zzzz. Boredom.

For the record I am very much better and definitely on the up.  Your concern and kindness is much appreciated, thank you.

What do you think Life is too short for?


  1. Can I add flatpack furniture and instant coffee?

  2. Love this, especially K for Knackered Dreams. Can I add "cliques at the school gates"? Glad you are feeling better at last. Polly

    1. That is also a very welcome addition. Thank you Polly X

  3. Just one I don't agree with - Angst! I had a bloody awful few months at the beginning of this year and many people said "there's always someone worse off". But as an individual, we all suffer in different ways so really, there isn't. I guess this is an extreme, because I know you're talking about people with illness, starvation, 3rd world etc, so just ignore my silly comment, lol.

    CJ x

    1. I sort of agree with you and I thought twice about putting Angst on there - but the only thing about cliches is that they are true and, as you get older, you tend to worry less and wish you'd worried less when you were younger! A bit like that poem 'Normal Day' somewhere else on my blog - will hunt it down and send you the link. Thank you for commenting though and I won't ignore it, no!

  4. That was fab .... agree with most to things on your list, especially bravdo and knackered dreams. Ps it was wondeful to meet you on Saturday - you made my weekend ... hope you are feeling relaxed and refreshed after a very hectic time. X

    1. We have always seen eye - fab to meet you too and you made mine too! Glad we're gonna do it again X

  5. Brilliant post. Great idea.
    Can I add bitterness to the list. Never hurts anyone but yourself.
    And excuses. They usually only succeed in holding you back.
    Donna x

    1. Brilliant additions, thank you. You're absolutely right.

  6. As we sat in the back of our van on the way back from a very muddy but brilliant IOW festival I took pleasure in reading out the anonymous quote from the top of your post. How true and had we, at that very moment, been plucked from this life I am happy to report that we would have ticked all those boxes! Your list is great - I especially agree with A for Angst - a sure fire way to kill yourself early. For me life is too short for: wasting time queueing for a female loo when there's a good one in the men's, paying to join a diet club and then eating your own body weight in chocolate the minute you've lost the weight and tidying kids' bedrooms before their friends come round to play.
    Hope you enjoyed BritMums xxx

    1. Excellent additions to this list, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it and your break to IOW looks fab. Here's to sliding in sidweays - Cheers!

  7. I particularly agree with Sulking and Idiots - though sometimes it is had to walk away! I would like to add Boasting, for all of those people who love to shout about how brilliant and better than all other children their little one/s is/are.

  8. Thank you for your contribution - a fine one - you just want to poke them in the eyes with a sharp stick, don't you?

  9. This is a great post. I really like the quote at the beginning. I'd add... Life is too short to wear a Hair Shirt. We all do things we might regret or feel bad about, but pointlessly beating oneself up about it does not get us anywhere. Accept what's happened, learn from it, and move on.

    I'm with you on the cheap loo rolls and rubbish wine too. x

    1. Thank you. I agree with you. Glad you do with me!