Ever since I was a little girl, and I read H.G. Wells' "Time Machine", I have been fascinated by the concept of time travel. In the movie "Somewhere in Time", Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) was able to travel back to 1912 in order to visit the young Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), who had first visited him in as an elderly woman 1980. Confused? It was sort of a treacly movie, but it fascinated me because of the element of time travel. In a way, we are able to time travel now, using the method of episodic memory. We can sit quietly in a chair, close our eyes, and travel back to a place in time where other events are occurring and other people are in our lives. Episodic memory is not always reliable. Often we edit the episodes in our lives, sometimes to make them better or worse than what really occurred, but it's wonderful to visit there anyway.
Someone recently said something to me that "twigged" a memory that I had long forgotten. The memory was bittersweet, and I was able to take it out, visit it, and then put it back into the memory banks again. Perhaps that is the beauty of memory. We can turn it on or off at will. I have often been asked if there is a point in my life to which I would like to return, even for just a few moments. Oh, goodness, yes -- there are lots of them. I can think of dozens, perhaps hundreds of moments I would like to re-live. But I think it's fortunate that we are unable to do that, because where would that leave today -- or the memories of tomorrow? At the time we were living our lives in the past, were we aware we were making the memories of the future? Today is tomorrow's memory and one day we will revisit it. It is within our power to make it a good memory or a bad one. Today we are surrounded on both sides by our past and our future. We can reach out in either direction, but the only direction in which we can have any tangible effect is the future. We cannot change our past.
I hope you go out today, have some fun -- even for a few minutes -- and make some good memories. Take pleasure in everything you do and cherish the people in your lives. Today you are living in your future's past, and it is all fleeting. Live, laugh, love -- make tomorrow's memories.