In My Next Life
At the outset, I want to enter a disclaimer that even though this blog post is entitled “In My Next Life,” I don’t really believe in reincarnation. Based on my own experiences with deceased loved ones, while I do believe our souls don’t die with our bodies, I don’t think they take on an entirely new life. Nevertheless, for shits and giggles, I’ve put some thought into my next life—the kind of person I would like to be—and decided to share some of them with you. Most of these are tongue-in-cheek so don’t judge me. Or if you do, keep it to yourself 🙂
In my next life, I want to be comfortable in my own skin right out of the gate, or right out of my new mother’s…never mind…you catch my drift. I want to embrace my quirks and imperfections early and not be self-conscious of them.
In my next life, I don’t want to care so much about what other people think about me, aside from people whose opinions I value.
In my next life, I want to discover my passion—whatever it is—early on so that I can hopefully make a living at it.
In my next life, I want to feel more comfortable using guys for sex. OR
In my next life, I’d like to meet the love of my life in high school, marry him, and live happily ever after so I can go my entire life without ever going on a really bad date or experiencing heartache or rejection.
In my next life, I want to be the kind of person who has the confidence to stick up for herself and walk away from toxic friendships before she gets burned. (I am this person now, but I’d like to be born this way…)
In my next life, I’d like to have the kind of butt that’s small enough to look good in bicycle shorts.
In my next life, I want to have cleavage.
In my next life, I want to be an old woman by the time someone I truly love and need passes away.
In my next life, I want to like driving (and be a good driver).
In my next life, I still want most of the same family members and friends as this one.
In my next life, I want to be the type of person who does not require validation from outside sources.
In my next life, I want to worry less.
In my next life, I never want to put someone undeserving on a pedestal or harbor feelings for someone who does not return them.
In my next life, I hope my crushes are less crushing.
In my next life, I hope to bruise less easily. I mean that in the literal sense, but the figurative sense applies too.
In my next life, I want to have a good sense of direction.
In my next life, I want to have a great singing voice and awesome dance moves.
In my next life, I want to be my best self so that I never imagine what I’d like to be in my next life! Until that happens, I’ll work on those things above that don’t require a time machine or surgery 🙂
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In my next life, I hope we are friends.
That’s so nice! We still have time in this life to be friends 🙂
Agreed! I love this post. It did make me reflect, plus I love anyone that uses the term, shits and giggles.
Oh Meredith! I think I have very similar wishes for my next life. The cleavage, the sense of direction, the driving skills, the not-so easy-bruising, the singing voice, dance moves, LESS WORRYING, discovering my passions while young–yes. I’d like all of those next time around. Plus, the ability to go to bed early and sleep through the night. That sounds nice 🙂 On the other hand, maybe not having that stuff now makes us stronger.
You’re right. And being aware of our own shortcomings gives us something to work on. If I was born perfect, I might not care as much.
Lovely thoughts, Meredith. <3
I love this post… and if I wrote a list, so many of the same things would be on it. But one thing you should add is in your next life you want to be as great a friend as you are in this one… Because you are a terrific friend and I am so happy you are part of my life!
Aw! You are so sweet. I love you, my friend!
What an awesome post! In my next life, I want you in it because you are incredible, beautiful, so talented, and you have a great butt. xoxo
You are definitely one of the friends I want to bring along to my next life, Sam! I love you 🙂
LOVE IT. In My Next Life reads like Nadine Stair’s famous poem. A poem I came across twenty years ago and still reflect on. Now I have this blog post to add to that wisdom. Such a gift today. Thank you!!!
P.S. You’re in good company:
(Was Nadine Stair the originator of the poem?)
P.S.S. IN MY NEXT LIFE the topic/theme/title of your next book? Yes? Oh, good. Great idea! Do that.
I’m genuinely flattered by the comparison – thank you! And I hadn’t thought of it but there is a ghost/spirit aspect in one of my upcoming novels so it might fit a little…
Fabulous list! I try to remind myself that all of the things I’m lacking (that I would put on my wish list for my next life) “builds character” but…damn, I’d promise to still build character if I could have a nice butt.
I’d happily give you some of my cleavage if that were possible!!! 😉
I’m thinking this is a great title for your next book….
Random thoughts …
Some of these things, if you work on them, you can have in this life 🙂
(I have a terrible sense of direction, myself. I need to pay better attention to my surroundings.)
I agree with the poster above, it’s a great book title.
That was a great post. Great idea!