If you could go back in time, would you? My son and I had an interesting conversation about this yesterday. He brought the topic up by saying that he had given it some thought and would not, if given the chance, go back in time to right a wrong or fix a mistake. I told him I would gladly go back in time to relive a day, even if I couldn’t do anything to significantly alter the events of that day. I’d love to return to my life circa 20-25 years ago and see what it was like to be me then. The older I get, the easier I find it to examine my past through rose-colored glasses, I think traveling back for a visit might help with that. Additionally, my dad died in 1992 at the age of 53 so I’d be guaranteed an interaction or two with him which would make a trip of this kind priceless.
My son said he would find it exhausting and a bit of a downer to have to go back and relive certain moments. When I was his age (13) I am sure I would have felt the same way. Back then all energy was directed towards getting older, speeding things up. I remember once, when I was around 15, counting in days, weeks, months and years just how much more time I had left until I would turn 18. Think I was ready to move on to adulthood?! Time seemed to drag when I was a kid. It could not move fast enough. Now, while admittedly very comfortable where I am, I wouldn’t mind it slowing down. Seems like the years are flying by and I am just hanging on for the ride. While it is a good ride, I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to go back and see where I have been.
How about you? If you could journey back in time, would you? And if so, which time in your life would you revisit and why? Right now, if forced to choose one specific time period, I’d probably pick my junior year in college–1988.