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) …
… 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.
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.