I hate to have my picture taken. I’ve never liked the way the camera sees me, although people (including professional photographers) have told me that I’m photogenic. When I was in New York recently I resisted the urge to be a part of Jodi McKee’s brilliant project documenting “invisible” autoimmune diseases through photography.

I ran across this [not] recent photograph of myself taken on the beach in Jamaica and I thought to myself, if I could look and feel like that once, why can’t I look and feel like that again? I would like to, just for a few hours, slip back into that body and remember what it was like to be that slender and fit (and without pain). If I could remember how good that felt, perhaps that would give me the motivation to get this older version of myself back into a more healthful shape and lifestyle.

What about you? If you could turn back time, where would you return? What changes would you make?

Unfortunately, time waits for no one, so all we can do is make the best of it while we can. Thanks for checking in.