If you voted, could you give the reason for your choice in the comments?
Have a great Friday! ~Phil
I live the idea but I voted to not travel, although I’m not convinced my vote has gone through.
Why wouldn’t you want to?
Well if I didn’t have the ability to change the future there is no point in knowing it. If it’s good then that’s great but if it’s sad I’d rather not spend the next 6 months worrying about something I can’t alter. Anyway I like surprises 😊
What about changing your past? You could tell past you to avoid certain mistakes
But if I changed something I didn’t like it would have a knock on effect. For instance, if I didn’t marry my first husband i would have missed out on having our wonderful daughters.
I checked. For some reason your vote didn’t register.
I’ll try again. I didn’t think I had as it showed it as loading for ever but never seemed to finish
I’d go back and change things….spend more time rebuilding my relationship with my father before he passes…and possibly live a healthier lifestyle at an early age with hopes that I would avoid my Lupus diagnosis. Those are the two impactful events that have helped mold me into the person I am today. While they have helped to make me resilient, they’re still pretty painful. Thanks for prompting this!
You’re welcome. I, like you, would also choose to go back and change a few things that would put me in a little better place today.
I could list a dozen things off the top of my head that I would want to go back and change, but in the end I wouldn’t. That’s what life is, we are made in all those sticky, uncomfortable, messy mistakes. They don’t call it a rollercoaster for nothing.
You’re a better person than I. I know I’d go back and change things
Better? Eh, that’s debatable. I’m just looking at it from a different perspective. I spent years asking ‘what if’ about my surgery. It only made me crazier than I already am. Plus, I’m super lazy. All that travel, different dimensions and whatnot. Oy. No, thanks.
I’d like to go far back in time and observe things (I’m a bit of a history geek…) but I realise that once I go back a little way, I’ll have less rights, and I may not understand the language. It’d be interesting anyway.
It’d be amazing to go to the future too…but I’d prefer to go into the distant future, rather than find out about myself. See how things change on a grander scale…
In addition to perhaps changing some things in my own life, I too would like to go back in time and witness his stork events. That would be pretty cool
What would you want to see first? 😀
I’d love to see some of the seven wonders of the ancient world while they were still new. Or speak to Cleopatra (I’d need a tardis to help with language comprehension!) I’d also love to chat to Murasaki Shikibu and talk to her about life in ancient Japan/ghosts/Genji!!
I’m not sure what I’d want to see first. Maybe some of the ancient civilizations as they were at the time. And, Yaaaa! for the Tardis reference. I’m a Whovian too.
There are definitely a few things I would change, mainly dealing with relationships that were either never finished properly or should never have been in the first place.
I would guess that would be most of the reasons just about anybody would want to go back in time. I’m with you on that one.
I’d go back, although not to change things. I’d just like to experience some of the lovely memories I have about my past.
That’s a great answer. I’d also like to go back and witness historic events too
That reminds me of a movie from the 1990s called ‘Thrill Seekers’ about a guy who did that exact same thing. Then people in the present started spotting him in photos of all the events he was witnessing.
Thanks Hugh! I’ve never heard of that. I’ll have to look it up. I love a good time travel story.
Me too, Phil. One last one from me, I’m currently watching the first season of ‘Timeless’ about 3 time travellers who have to keep travelling back in time to try and stop the ‘bady’ trying to alter history. Great viewing.
Interesting. My upcoming book, out in about two months involves time travel. I hope I can find Timeless on Netflix over here.
This is a bit of a conundrum. While my first reaction was to say, heck yeah, I would go back and change some things. But…that would also create a ripple effect on other things that I might not want to have change. Everything is connected, so every change would have an impact and ripple on everything else…so where would the change end? All that we have lived is what makes us who we are right now. If we are comfortable with who we are…would we even like the change? OK…my head hurts now! 😛
I like the idea of maybe pursuing missed opportunities, not necessarily in relationships, but at turning points in life where I know wonder what would have been if I made the other decision. Heck, its time travel! If you don’t like the results you can go back and change them back!
That made me laugh out loud! Too true!
Yup, there are things I would change, things I wouldn’t do/say, if I could go back. Also, I’d be more attentive to what was going on around me, and ask people questions then, while they were still alive, and tell them what they meant to me. (And, I’d do my algebra homework!)
But who needs algebra anymore? We all have calculators on our phones!
But, you know what? I loved the logic of algebra, Strange but true.
I understand that completely. In fact the main character in my new book that will be out in a couple months it’s kind of that way about physics.
To some people mathematics is like poetry or music.
I voted and my comment was blocked as spam. What I said was Off to the future. I don’t want to mess with the past since you never know what might get out of whack.
Was it really blocked?
Yes. I was so humiliated.
That’s weird. I wonder why
Just kidding. I didn’t really care. I just repeated it.
I chose travel to the future and learn because you didn’t offer my actual first choice option: travel to the past for cheap antique shopping and low-risk investment opportunities.
LOL! Yeah, I always think of the investment opportunities. Imagine if we had bought into Apple, Google, and Amazon 15-20 years ago!
I have made a lot of mistakes in relationships, so I would go back and try to choose my best guy friends not the ones I ended up with. There was this nice kindergarten teacher and a serviceman who was younger but really “got me.” I think life is something we learn the “hard way!!” 😀
You’re absolutely right!
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