Regrets, I have a few–

–but then again,
does it count as a regret if it’s purely circumstantial remorse?

I could have attended the Prince concert with friends in 2014.
I didn’t go because I was ‘too busy’.
And…
I thought I’d have another chance.

I haven’t been to a stadium show in decades. Too many people. Too much money. Too much hassle.

I never experienced Lollapalooza at Grant Park.
The expense, traffic, heat, sweaty masses, and it’s always over my anniversary weekend.

Give me a live band at The House with six people in the crowd, an eight buck cover, and free parking in downtown DeKalb, and I’m quite happy.

I reflect on all the shows I missed at Otto’s, Andy’s, and The House. Convenient, cheap, and local venues with some kickass bands. But I didn’t go. Otto’s is long gone, Andy’s, too. And The House is closed. Before covid. What are the chances something will reopen downtown DeKalb any time soon?

I could go on and on about things I didn’t do.
At the time, I didn’t want to.
Now, I wish I had.
I miss the opportunity, the luxury, of being able to NOT go.
How lucky were we before, when staying home was a choice?

Regrets, I have a few
and the list is ever-growing…

And yet, what am I not doing now that I will look back and kick myself about?
Seriously, finish that damn book, Mary.

 

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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3 Responses to Regrets, I have a few–

  1. Kelly Reynolds says:

    Ha ha ha! Finish that family photos project, Kelly!!! Enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still nice!!! Get some super winter gear to still enjoy the outdoors because we’re going to need to escape the house.

  2. My biggest musical concert regret — My sister and I talked about seeing Elvis when he came to Madison but decided to wait until he was in better shape. He died six months later. I also wish I’d had a chance to see Tom Petty and David Bowie. Legends should never die!

    • Thanks for sharing! Elvis! Oh my gosh, that would have been a novel experience. But you know what, I wouldn’t have wanted to go! lol NOW I would. Bowie would have been amazing, I think. And honestly, I saw Tom Petty enough for most of us! At least 11 times…to my friends 64! Great performer, of course.

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