Life is a roller coaster of wants. The hard part is knowing what you want is really what you need. At various points in my life, I've thought I wanted something - really, really wanted something - and then later realized I could have lived without it. Here's my top 5 list of mistakes:
1. The sweater tube dress. It probably looked better on this woman than it did on me. And it was hot and itchy and I always felt as if it was riding up in back.
2. Rollerblades. I was going to skate with my kids all around our neighborhood. The first time I fell on my behind, I realized that I'd much rather ride along on my bicycle.
3. George Foreman Grill. Sorry, George. I never mastered the craft of George's grilling (some of you might have better luck at it than I did). It was hot on the counter. It was messy. And I always overcooked my chicken on one side in two minutes.
4. Any cookbook. They always include lots of seafood and fish. I'm allergic to iodine (an integral part of seawater and its bounty). I always feel as if I'm not using the book to its full potential. And then I pull out a box of Hamburger Helper.
5. A piano keyboard. I grew up with my grandmother's baby grand piano in the living room. I know how to play the most fundamental of tunes by memory and can read my way through a piece. When my brother claimed the piano for his, I guess I was feeling nostalgic. I haven't felt nostalgic enough to play it with any regularity.
Now, as you may have guessed, it's your turn. What are some things you had to have, only to find it wasn't really what you really needed?
In my March Heartwarming release - One Perfect Year - Gage falls in love with Shelby the moment she steps into his high school science class. But being a man of science, he didn't act on those feelings while his best friend did. Now years later, Gage has a chance to think about what he really wants - being a race horse veterinarian in Kentucky or staying in small town Harmony Valley with Shelby.
This month, readers who sign up for my emailing list will receive a FREE sweet romance novelette: Cinderella Fell for a Fella. You can sign up at www.MelindaCurtis.net. In the meantime, maybe think twice before you follow a trend or try to recapture your past.