Have you experienced this?? It is crazy!!
I can zoom back to when I was young and even go into the future to see things that haven’t occurred yet! My body doesn’t go anywhere, just my mind. And I can only go back to places I can remember and I can only see things that effect me. I’m a very selfish time traveler.
What really sucks though is that when I go back in the past I usually only see the things that cause me distress. I mentioned a few of those things in my regret post a while back. When I return from my little voyage I’m always left thinking “Damn, why did (or didn’t) I do that” or “I wish that didn’t happen”. I hate this feeling. For a long time these thoughts and feelings would cripple me.
Sometimes they are good trips down memory lane. Like that one time I was in the shower and the soap flew out of my hand. With a face full of suds and my eyes closed, I reached behind my back and caught the flying bar! It was an unbelievable catch!! I’m still mad no one was there to see such an amazing highlight.
What’s worse though is when I head to the future. Oh man the things I see in the future are AWFUL! I can literally see myself having no money to pay the bills. I can see the worse case scenario in any situation come to fruition. It’s right there in front of me, clear as day. My entire body tenses up with concern.
Have you ever been afraid to have a conversation with someone about something. You think of all the things the other person is going to say. How they will react, how you will react to their reaction. Sometimes it takes me weeks, months to have that conversation. Then when you do, the complete opposite of what you thought would happen happens. And an unbelievable weight was lifted off your shoulders.
Time traveling to the future isn’t all that bad though, there are some things there that bring me joy. This weekend I have the opportunity to see three very close friends. Friends I get to see maybe once or twice a year. I can feel myself explode with excitement and anticipation as I drive to see them.
That’s a good look into the future. But those views are too few and far between. Usually a trip to the future brings fear and worry. My kryptonite. Fear and Worry.
Time traveling sucks. I can’t change what happened in the past. And whenever I fear the future something always happens and the worse case scenario doesn’t occur.
The biggest issue with visiting Former You and Future You is that Present You gets neglected. The only reason to go back in time is so we can learn from mistakes and failures. Failures are a beautiful thing because we learn the most from them, much more than what we learn from our successes. Everything that happened in the past occurred as a benefit to you. Not tomorrow you. TODAY you. Present you.
And you can never get fearful or worried about looking at the events that have not happened yet. I’m not even sure you can look at the future to gain happiness and comfort. (Kind of a don’t count your chickens thing). There are many things you cannot control in life. Plan, prepare, act in a way that is what you believe to be the right thing to do.
But never be afraid of what could happen.
Stop dwelling on the past. Stop fearing the future. Live for today. This moment is the only one that matters. Right now deserves all of your attention.
Are you a time traveler?
What are your thoughts on GoatFace on the top of the page?
Have a glorious day.