What can we learn from a little sparrow, I hear you cry?

Well if we were looking at your ten a penny house sparrow then probably the only thing that works for us humans, would be to leave our beautiful country the minute the weather dips and fly to sunnier climes.

However I am not talking about your ten a penny house sparrow, the little sparrow is Edith Piaf. The French singer who became their most famous international star, known for her autobiographical tear-jerking songs.

Nobody since has come close to being able to belt out such heart-felt emotion. Not even a fraction. It makes me wonder what praise would have been heaped all over her, had she been alive today and found herself auditioning for the Xfactor.

Simon Cowell’s eye-balls would have been full of money signs. You know, the same look he has when Cher Lloyd auditioned with “Get my swag on”, the Keri Hilson version.
“Edith, there’s something really special about you, it’s 110% yes from me”.

If you don’t enjoy reading but would like to know more about a woman who knew the real meaning of suffering, loss and heartache, then watch the film made about her: La Vie on Rose. Unbelievable. Would recommend you don’t watch it on a Sunday evening though. You know how at the end of Dirty Dancing, people dare you to try and watch the ending without smiling  and it’s IMPOSSIBLE?
Well La Vie On Rose is a bit like that, with one difference. Instead of smiling you will be sobbing. Unless you have a heart of stone.

Her most famous song and also one of my favourite songs is Je Ne Regrette Rien: I regret nothing. Once you know about her life, you will understand what a grand statement that is.

I’ll try to give you the main jist of the song one short sentence: Even though everyone I have ever loved died horrifically before their time and I have been poverty stricken and desperately lonely, I have no regrets. WOWZERS.

Given this, it puts the regret’s of modern ladies into perspective. Everyone is bound to have a few regrets in life, even old blue eyes, Mr Frank Sinatra. Some will be more major and some will be less so.
However, it’s those slightly larger ‘niggling’  ones that you keep returning too that we owe to ourselves to de-niggle.

A couple of nurses and medical professionals have done studies on the regrets of the dying and they are interesting for 2 reasons: 1. They are inspirational. 2. They make you realise how many things we know we should do whilst we still have the privilege of youth and health, yet for some reason chose to ignore. Read for yourself and see if you identify with any of them:

It is in this vain that I shall share with you a few of my regrets, in an AA meeting style.
My name is Lindsey and I regret the following:

1. Straight in at number one this week and for the last 3 years has been career. I wish I had found a career that encompassed more of what I really enjoy doing in life. I was never clever at the real subjects at school, like maths and science. I always loved sport, Art, English and History. Arty farty with decent netball skills and ability to do a back flip.
Yet I ended up selling advertising space for over 11 years.
At the age of 35 I have realised that the wages I have received are not enough to keep me satisfied and fulfilled. So I have started doing a diploma in interior design and started writing a blog. Maybe you could read it?

2. My number 2 is Travelling: the lack of. Oh glorious travelling! Why didn’t I do more of this before, during or after university?
Actually, I will tell you why, I was skint and trying to climb up the ladder selling ad space and hoping to get a nice rented roof over my head in an area of London that didn’t ming.

I can’t afford to take time off work now but to deal with my travelling regrets, I shall always try and look for opportunities for extended time off, so I can give myself a taster. I did a month in India last September in between jobs and did 3 of those weeks alone. It was one of the best things I have ever done, even when it was scary.

There are a few others but I won’t bore you with them here. This gives you the general flavour flave.
So I ask you to do the same AA style self-imposed admission.
Let’s demand a call to action! Possibly using the cooing call, adopted by Vic and Bob in Shooting Stars, to summon the Dove from Above.
If there is something you have always really wanted to do and haven’t got around to it yet, then just get on with it, in whatever scenario possible. There are different ways and shades of getting those experiences or skills you regret not having gotten, so far.
We’re a long time dead so I hear. Take that leaf from The little sparrow: get over the feeling of regret and spread your wings and fly now, while you still have a chance! Cooooooooo, coooooooooooo.