~A picture of a person you'd like to trade places with for a day~
When I was little, all I wanted to be was rich and beautiful; I wanted to be Jackie O. I didn't care much about being smart or talented, I just wanted to gallivant around the world in million dollar outfits and ridiculously glamorous sunglasses, stepping gracefully from private jets to the blinding light of camera flashes. I spent hours daydreaming of seeing my own face on the cover of a magazine.
As you may have noticed, I have ended up neither rich nor beautiful. I don't even have really good sunglasses. So you would think that if you asked me who I'd like to trade places with for a day, I would jump at the chance to spend my Freaky Friday as Jennifer Aniston. Or [Almost] Princess Kate. Or, God rest her soul, Elizabeth Taylor.
Who would say no to a few hours of sky's-the-limit shopping? Catching sight of yourself in a store window on Rodeo Drive and thinking "Holy crap! Who's that hottie?" Who would turn down the ego-boosting attention and the ability to go and do and be whoever you want today?
I guess I would. Jodi Foster once said, "Turning 40 means you give up some things. Like you give up the hope that you're going to be a rock star. You just aren't." Being Jackie O is my rock star, and it's off my bucket list these days.
If I could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be me, when I am an old lady.
I will spend my day surrounded by grandkids and my grown children, marveling at what happy, productive, loving, good people they have become. Delighted at how they aren't in therapy or jail, or working in fast food.
My heart will be warmed, knowing that my friendships have lasted through the years and that my family has mended its cracked places...that my husband and I did indeed grow old together and he's over at the ballpark in Phoenix, chatting up the folks at spring training.
I will rock on my front porch, feeling just fine about never learning to knit, or jumping out of an airplane, or losing those last ten pounds. I will sit peacefully at ease with how I raised my kids, the way I kept my house, what I chose for my career and how it all ended up.
And tomorrow, I will return to being Present Day Me, and I will have a really, really good night's sleep.