Ever since I read H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" as a child, I have been fascinated with the concept of time travel. Imagine that we could move forward in time and see the future. Could we change it? Would we be able to read the winning numbers in the $50,000,000 dollar lottery, and choose the winning ticket? If we had the ability to change anything in our futures, what would we change? Or, in the alternative, if we could travel back in time and change events that have affected where we are today, would we change any of it, given the hindsight we have now? Often the turning points of our lives are not in the major decisions we make, but in the small ones. Would we recognize which decisions have made the most impact on our lives?
In a sense we are all time travellers, moving through space and time in our own time machines. The decisions and choices we make today have a direct effect on our futures. We do have the ability today to change the future. Our parents told us this when we were growing up, and most of the time our reaction was, "Yah, yah ... okay ..." But as we got older, the reality of it began to take hold.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda ...
I have made some good decisions in my life, and I have made some bad ones, as we all have. What I have learned -- I hope -- is to gain knowledge from my experiences, and to stop making the bad decisions. All of us know instinctively, when choices are put before us, which ones will be the bad choices, the choices that will negatively affect the future. In that way, we are able to travel forwards in time and see how we can change the future. Often if we make the wrong decision, we unfortunately end up in the future looking back at that decision, wishing we had not made it. We can mitigate the consequences, but by then it is usually too late. Somehow it's always the bad decisions that seem to loom larger than the good ones. The good decisions we make are the foundations of our lives, and those are the ones on which we should concentrate -- both in the past and the future.
Today is the start of a new year and a new decade. It's the perfect day to climb into our time machines and travel forward into the future, and to do everything we possibly can to make it a good future.