Don’t remind me that this isn’t a sci-fi blog. I know that and I promise you guys I’m not trying to impose upon you my insane obsession with all things Star Wars. NOPE, NOT YET. *laughs nervously* A few days ago, my sister and I watched About Time starring Rachelle McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. It reminded me of a cliché question always asked during get-to-know-you activities, ‘What would you do if you could travel back in time?’
For some reference on time travel, here’s a video of a recent on YouTube, charlieissocoollike, explaining time travel in the coolest way only he knows how.
(This entry operates on the first kind of time travel- the Back to the Future model- where you can alter specific actions made to create a ‘better’ outcome.)
Let’s say for this entry’s sake that time travel is as common as a bus ride. Would I buy a ticket?
To be completely honest, I MIGHT.
Regret is a powerful motivation. It haunts even the most accomplished men. I only know of very few people who can whole-heartedly say they’ve had zero regrets. For the rest of us, yes including yours truly, we know how regret has the power to suffocate us in the most terrifying of nightmares our subconscious can command while it paralyzes us during the most uncomfortable times the day. That fear plus the curiosity to answer our many ‘What Ifs’ could most likely skyrocket the sales of time travel tickets if there were any.
So yeah, as a human tendency, I might consider it but…
I believe there is never a perfect version of any moment in a man’s life, only a real one. And in reality, you will always find some flaw, something you could do better or something you shouldn’t do altogether unless you accept that the imperfection of that moment is what makes it uniquely yours. We’re wired to be insatiable and the chance to fuel our insatiability is what encumbers our ability to grow as people and appreciate life the way we chose to live it, now and at any point in the past. As if living in the past without time travel isn’t destructive enough.
It’s like what one of my mentors in writing once told me, ‘Honey, at some point you’re gonna have to put down the pen. Trust that YOUR STORY IS WORTH READING NOT REGARDLESS BUT BECAUSE OF THE MISTAKES.’
I could argue the more expected ‘there is a great design’ notion, one where your action isn’t just your own but is a part of a bigger, grander scheme that affect’s another’s result as much as your own. I’d save that for another time though. For now, I’ll leave you with something to ponder on.