Tuesday, February 2, 2010

". . . I could have got so drunk last night."

"Wouldn't it be horrible if you'd spent all your life doing everything you were supposed to do, didn't drink, didn't smoke, didn't eat things, took lot's of exercise, all the things you didn't want to do, and suddenly one day you were run over by a big red bus, and as the wheels were crunching into you you'd say 'Oh my God, I could have got so drunk last night!' That's the way you should live your life, as if tomorrow you'll be run over by a big red bus." 

The more I think about this, the more true it seems, and I feel I must revisit my priorities. I only it wish it were my quote. But alas, I cannot claim it. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother said it. Given that she lived to the ripe old age of 102, perhaps we all should take it into consideration. I found it as I was reading The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William Shawcross, which I highly recommend, all 1120 pages of it.

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