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Can You Drive Your Life in Reverse?

Can You Drive Your Life in Reverse?
By Jean Harper

Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life- and it was you.  It is not too late to find that person again ~ Robert Brault

When I was sixteen years old I saved my money to buy myself a car. I bought a Mercury Comet; white with red interior. This car was my “freedom” and my chance to go where I wanted to go, pick up my friends and bring them with me, and head off to who knows where. There were some fond memories made in that car including times at the "Drive In" theater and gas prices that I will not mention so that I don’t give away my age, although the Comet may be a dead giveaway. I prefer to recall that I purchased the Comet as a classic car which might throw one off at any attempt to relate it to my age.

After approximately three months of owning this car, the transmission croaked and at the time of this unfortunate event I was about 5 miles away from home. The car would not go into drive but there was no problem getting it to go in reverse, so I set off for home …in reverse. I was amazed at how well I could drive the car while straining to look backwards at the road ahead. As I drove home, in reverse, I remember how people stared at me but being that fearless sixteen year old, I was not going to let this “transmission” problem keep me from getting home to safety and to a place where I knew the solution of getting the transmission repaired resided within the grasp of my mom or should I say of my mom’s purse. After all this car was my freedom!

I was reminded of this story today as I took my daily walk on the beach.  It was a cold morning therefore there were few people out on the beach. I was walking forward at a brisk pace when I thought I would try walking backwards.  At first I felt ok going backwards but then I got more and more apprehensive that I might trip on something and take a dive into the cold, wet sand. I turned and walked forward looking carefully at the path straight in front of me. There was no one in the distance and the path was clean and clear so I turned and started walking backwards again. This time I felt more secure of the path and started making a nice clip in my backward steps.


There seems to be a debate as to whether the following quote came from Woody Allen or George Carlin however the quote seems appropriate for this post and I would like to share this: “In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, and then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, and you play. You have no responsibilities; you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”

I love the thought about living life in reverse. How many people today are still chasing their tails only to discover they have nothing more than what they had when they started out on their journey? For myself I have been through a bunch of ups and downs making me question my thoughts and the overall perspective of my life. One of my dreams is to see the world and my preference is “forwards” instead of “backwards.” I understand my life so fully backwards however I must live it forwards unless like that Mercury Comet, my transmission croaks!!

Enjoy this brief journey around the world just in case your transmission decides to croak!



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