Looking Back


If given some say by would be fate

Change things in my life, a second chance

An opportunity to skew my current state

And in some small way my life enhance


If I could rewind to those biggest choices

Where I could choose left instead of right

If I had listened to the other head voices

Or just seen my world in a truer light


If I had decided to stay instead of run

Or built a bridge in place of a wall

When it was finally all said and done

Would it really have mattered at all


If I had decided to risk when I faced a fear

Or saved the love I so poorly spent

If each branch on my forward path more clear

Would it have changed the direction I went


Or would I do everything just the same

Suffering over each pain and great fall

Not kismet or destiny will bear the blame

For in my own life I am master of all


Would changing the past be benefit

Would it have made me some better man

Or must I accept history and be fine with it

That not everything went according to plan


An easier road may have been sought

But would it change who I would be

I can accept what my failures bought

For they made the person that is me


I would not want to change a moment

For when all added they create a sum

Each a critical and vital component

To the man that I have become


27 Responses to “Looking Back”
  1. joyroses13 says:

    So true! All our mistakes and trials have helped to form who we are. Well written!

  2. beth says:

    yes, accept it all, it’s you –

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    No man can change the course of history…we are and accept what we’ve become, it’s all written in the stars my friend…but I enjoyed greatly this poem. All the best!

  4. When you are able to accept who you are with contentment, you realize that even the smallest change in your history would change who you have become. I seldom think now of “if only I had” or “I wish this did/didn’t happen” because of the recognition that it had to be as it was in order to build what is. Well worded!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    I think we all have these “what if” moments, and it seems to be a sign of a life well-lived if you can you would not have changed anything…

  6. kristianw84 says:

    I wouldn’t change a thing about you, Brad!

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    It doesn’t hurt to imagine, but sometimes we create an illusion in our mind that never existed.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    I have had these same thoughts many times and I also always come to the same conclusion. I am who I am because of these experiences and I too, would change nothing. God made or helped to mold the person I am. Love and warm hugs Brad, Jonikins ❤️🤗❤️🥰

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Accepting ourselves is more important than being accepted by others. Thanks pretty lady!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        I found your comments in gmail – You are so right Brad, I am the one that has to look at myself in the mirror and I judge myself harshly, so yes, I have to do what feels right to me and follows the code of ethics I have for myself which is pretty steep these days. Sending my love, thank you for the thoughtful comment. Jonikens

  9. Wow, beautifuly written. If i could rewind those biggest choices.. ❤️🥰

  10. King kong says:

    Well written, thanks for sharing….

  11. King kong says:

    you’re welcome ,

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