“What would you do if you could turn back time?” – LetsBlogOff Team
Now THIS is a doozy. I mean, seriously, you wake up tomorrow morning and find yourself with a long gray beard, shabby chic robe, thong sandles, walking stick and you think “HOLY CRAP! I’m Father Time!” Ok…obviously you took too much medication last night, but hey, roll with it. What do you do now?
The concept of time has always fascinated me, but most definitely more so as I continue to age with no hope of going BACK. But perhaps that’s a good thing. I think life with a rewind button would be….well, boring. Life doesn’t give you do-overs. There’s no take-backs, no mulligans, no swapsees. You move day to day and you make the most of what you’ve been given. So, for me, given the ability to turn back time….I’m not sure I would use it.
We’ve all used the expression “if I knew then what I know now – fill in the blank”. But that’s just it, you know now BECAUSE OF what happened then. Going back to take better advantage of a situation because of knowledge you gained after the fact would negate the knowledge you gained in the first place!….did you all follow that? OK, good.
Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. You can’t see the road not taken unless you’re looking from the road you DID take. That’s just how life works. The notion of turning back time, for me, is really about regret, or nostalgia. You want to go back to something that was better than now, or change something that you wish had gone differently. And that’s fine, we all have that. But those regrets and those fond memories are the pieces and parts that make us all who we are now, in this moment. I don’t know about you, but I wear my battle scars proudly from a life lived in the moment, always looking ahead, carrying hard lessons learned forward, not back. And each morning when I get up, I get a brand new opportunity to do something miraculous with the time I’m given. And I have all of you to share it with.
So, shave the beard, strip off the robe, loose the sandals and use the walking stick for an air guitar. Time waits for now man. Stop wasting it trying to turn it back. Move forward, change your future and make someone else time better because you were in it.
There were plenty of times when I wanted to hide myself under a rock after doing something foolish. There were many “I should/could/would have done this to prevent this…” My biggest regret was not fully preparing myself for my thesis deliberation. I was too worried of the possibility that one of the terror professors might be my juror. I lost my focus and I did not sleep well either that night. But whenever I think about it now, what I did was just silly. It also made me realize that I should have readied myself to any juror with whatever their reputation is.
If given the chance, would I like to turn back time to redo it? Not really. I think it would’ve made little difference. I just have to accept the fact that it had already happened. Besides, after returning from the past, I would’ve still remembered the fact that I almost failed once. No one in the ‘new present’ would know what happened the first time around, but I still would.
I agree that regretting is okay, as long as one sees it as a learning process. The battle scars attained from yesterday are inevitable. They are like new found knowledge.
“Change your future” rather than changing your past. Now THAT is a doozy!
Thanks for sharing, Jeremiah.
Thanks, Collier. I appreciate it! 🙂 Cheers.
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