It is a mortifying reflection for any man to consider what he has done compared with what he might have done.
--Samual Johnson (1709 - 1972)
It is not what you are; it's what you don't become that hurts.
--Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972) Humoresque (film, ad-libbed)
Yes, once again I have pulled that too large book off the shelf and become immersed in the depths of its crisp pages and found so many truths that it actually pained me to close it. Mainly because I dropped it on my foot, but I digress. The first thing that amazes me is that apart from the few Woody Allen quotes I have found, most of the most profound thoughts were uttered by men and women alike long dead and gone from the world as we know it today. Most I have never heard of, some, I knew of them, but was not familar with their popular medium. Now, with the aid of my large book-o-quotes, I feel as if these people were somehow better than us. That they had either simpler minds, or more complex minds that manifested into a phrase or uttering that was never tossed in to recollection before. So - is this something that is a chance - that because they were here first - that they got "first dibs" on the profound and sucked the well of intellect dry before we were even born? Is this even a bad thing? Or should we count our lucky stars that our time can be spent doing more fruitful things like shoe shopping or killing demons on a mod'd xbox?
But back to the quotes above - I went on a tangent as I'm prone to do and got a little lost on the way - it happens and my sense of direction sucks in real time so on a page - well - you're on your own to muddle through - but I'll try to help. Promise.
These phrases, essentially, have to do with the "what do I want to be when I grow up" question that we all face. And not just the end result of: lawyer, bus driver, lion tamer, nuclear fissionist, fluffer, whatever. But the decisions that we make that end up coming all together in a nice little fleshy pie that we call "me." I have regrets. Tons of them. My guess is ya'all do too. Like not taking that job offer two years ago. Like getting married too soon. Like not taking a chance and putting your heart on your sleeve and going after that one person who could "complete you" like in Jerry Maguire ( and MAN is that one phrase that has wornout it's welcome in general conversation!), or maybe your biggest regret is the thing you did do - like your best friend's boyfriend, or girlfriend. My regret to date is that I have no accomplishments in my professional life. None. Nada. Zilch. I am a receptionist. I hate admitting that to people. I tell them that I work in a law firm. They don't ask too many questions after that. I guess it sounds more intimidating than what it really is. My intimidation ends when my power to hang up on you also ends. I wield the power of the dial tone. Wow. I better get ready for my Superhero Endorsements to start rolling in. Receptionist Girl with extra Dial Tone Power. Sounds like soap. Anyway back to my lack of drive, determination, mild ADD, whatever. I figure that someday, hopefully before I hit 30 and my life as a care-freeish gal ends, I will get struck with inspiration or a prophet or muse will smack me upside the head with my mission in life.
Until then, I have some Jimmy Choos to browse.