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How I Relived My Life in Less Than A Year
Joe Kita has had a good life. He has been happily married for more than 15 years and has two beautiful children. He is a successful journalist. He has lots of friends. Still, at 40, he wonders about missed opportunities: What would have happened if he had asked out that coed? What if he had learned to surf? What if he'd been nicer to his dog?
Afraid of having the same pangs of regret at age 80 and no longer satisfied with leaving good times to chance. Kita deliberately revisits 20 crossroads in his life and tries to relive them. In Another Shot, he chronicles his crazy year with humor and inspiration. Along the way, he gets to the bottom of what happened to his first car-- a beautiful 1979 Camaro-- and ponders whether choices really matter and what determines one's place in the world.
Some of Kita's adventures border on the absurd: A lifelong skinny boy, Kita yearns to have six-pack abs, and he's willing to perform almost any exercise to get them. Having never won a large stuffed animal, he heads to a carnival with a wad of bills in hand, determined to leave triumphant.
Other stops on his journey are more common to men his age: He's lost his hair and he wants it back. His sexual peak came and went without him. He's never truly tested his manhood.
More than anything, though, it's his relationships with other people that have affected Kita-- and these are the chapters of his life that he is most eager to edit. His relationship with his mother has never been great. His father died before he could say goodbye. His harried work schedule has caused him to miss out on time with his kids. His quest to find God has been unfulfilling.
Regardless of the original regret and its final "outcome," each experience alters Kita's perspective and will alter yours, too. A poetic narrative organized by specific regrets, Another Shot provides an insightful glimpse into the life and mind of a regular guy. It's a tumultuous and sometimes uncomfortable journey. But Kita is hilarious, insightful, and-- most of all-- inspiring enough to make you ponder: Why not give it another shot?
fi0Joe Kita is the author of Wisdom of Our Fathers and The Father's Guide to the Meaning of Life. He is an executive writer for Men's Health magazine and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He lives each day to the fullest with his wife and two children in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
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Upon turning 40, "Men's Health" writer Joe Kita set out to overcome 20 personal regrets, from being a so-so lover to getting cut from the high school basketball team. He recounts his adventures in this hilarious yet poignant successor to "Wisdom of Our Fathers" and "The Father's Guide to the Meaning of Life".
How I Relived My Life in Less Than A Year
Twenty second chances.
Twenty regrets relived.
Twenty questions answered.
Join Joe Kita in saying "What if...?"
Who among us hasn't wished at least once that some part of life had turned out differently? Something we said or didn't say, we did or didn't do...If you start thinking, you're bound to pinpoint a few missed chances. Kita, author of Wisdom of Our Fathers and The Father's Guide to the Meaning of Life, compiled a list of more than 20 regrets in his own life, then set out to make amends.
In the course of 1 year, Kita sought to change his personal history by:
* Trying out for his high school basketball team-- more than 20 years after he'd been cut
* Hiring a butler to see what life would be like if he were filthy rich
* Escaping work for 50 days to sleep late, edge the lawn, and learn how to dream again
* Pulling the trigger on a shotgun-- and recovering his predator instinct
Come along with Kita as he takes his mother on a "date" (and tries to figure out where their relationship went awry), says goodbye to his deceased father, and reignites the spark between himself and his wife of more than 15 years.
Hilarious and heart-wrenching, with profound wisdom in each journey, Another Shot shows a middle-age man wrestling very publicly with his past, in a valiant attempt to be "A Man with No Regrets."
About the Author
Joe Kita is the author of Wisdom of Our Fathers and The Father's Guide to the Meaning of Life. He is an executive writer for Men's Health magazine and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He lives each day to the fullest with his wife and two children in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
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