Day 1679: If I knew then what I know now

If I knew then what I know my blog post topic is now, would I have taken different photos yesterday?


If I knew then what I know now about how expensive everything is in 2017, I would have worked harder to get lots of money.

If I knew in 2008 when I got the Arthur Award for “Best Peasant” in Spamalot on Broadway (starring Clay Aiken) 

onBroadwaywith Clay

… what I know now — that my son Aaron’s cousin Victoria would be in Spamalot at the Regent Theater in Arlington Massachusetts today ….


… would I have felt any different about being on stage back then?

I often hear people say, “If I knew then what I know now”  when they judge and deprecate their past decisions. If knew then what I know now about addressing those regrets about the past, I would have always replied

You were doing the best you could at the time with the knowledge you had then.

For example, if we knew then what we know now about our new dining room table:


—  that is,  how putting certain placemats on it would cause a weird residue to form on the finish — we would have paid money for the extra insurance protecting any future problems. However, because that insurance did NOT cover damage done by cats, we assumed we wouldn’t need it.

If I knew when I booked my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland that real cats would be appearing on stage at the Regent Theater on Labor Day weekend …



… I might have booked an earlier return date.

If people who have pets knew then what they know now …




… they might have made different purchasing decisions.

If we all knew then what we know now, we might always look on the bright side of life.

I knew then and I know now that I always like to end with thanks to those who help me create these daily blogs and — of course! — to you, for all you know.



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19 thoughts on “Day 1679: If I knew then what I know now

  1. If she knew at the start what she knew halfway through Act II the Diva might not lament, “Whatever happened to my part?” But then she’d lose her big solo number. There are benefits even to the commitments we sometimes regret in hindsight.

  2. Congratulations, best peasant! (I love Spamalot. And my brother used to tour with it as a musician,so I have seen it a few times.)
    I hope you find an effective way to remove the residue.

  3. Yeah, I don’t think it would be good for us if we knew then what we know now Ann. The point is the journey to now and and all the experiences leading to now that have shaped us in ways that would not be possible if we just knew. If we just knew, what would be the point? ♡
    Diana xo

  4. I loved “Spamalot”. Haha, thinking about the condition I’m in today, Oh, I wouldn’t have drank so much yesterday !!

  5. If I knew then what I know now I would have found your blog a lot earlier!

  6. If I knew then what I know now, I would still know bugga all

  7. If I would have known then what I know now I’d still be the same dork that writes and collects unicorns and watches Japanese Movies with English Subtitles!

  8. It is what it is, isn’t it? If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have gone to college right out if high school instead on in my 30s. Iinteresting pet door. Don’t think I’d have one, after that loan commercial portraying a raccoon coming in the house.

  9. I know now that I didn’t want to know it then, Ann. You know? 😮

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