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MANN: Would you choose to visit the past, or discover the future?

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December 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

OPINION


Christmas is quickly approaching, and although I am deep into the festivities of the season — riding a seasonal high of jingle bells, sparkling everything, and children circling with excitement of the unknown — I am also very aware 2018 is quickly coming to a close.

I always find myself thoughtful at the end of the year.

I suppose I find myself thoughtful at the close of many things — birthday parties, novels, days, etc.

Somewhere in the near future, we will learn what was so great about 2018 — what was memorable.

We will read about who passed on, what political moves were made, and which songs hit number one on the charts.

There will be parties, and hats, and endless lists of resolutions.

Some resolutions may even pan out.

And for many of us, we will sit and watch the clock on New Year’s Eve, ruminating on what was, what is, and what will be.

Not necessarily in a sad, I-hate-the-world-at-this-moment-right-now kind of way (although for many that is perfectly understandable), but in an introspective, this-world-is-bigger-than-I-can-understand kind of way.

Of course there will be those who won’t remember where they spent New Year’s Eve.

Some of us are excited to ‘start over,’ on Jan. 1, or eager to move onto the next step — craving change — or simply wanting to glimpse into the crystal ball of the future.

Others still are yearning for a return to the past — a past relationship, event, or the opportunity to stop a chain reaction never to have been started in the first place.

Speaking of returning to the past, funny how Back to the Future I, II and III always seem to play around New Year’s…

And I never know which one is my favourite.

But the idea of going back in time is tempting.

You can re-live moments that truly brought you joy, return to your youth, or fix something — mend a broken heart or gift forgiveness where you decided to gift rage.

And the idea of spiralling into the future would be too hard to pass up.

You could discover what the world will look like in 40, 60, 200 years — what will become of the children, or even how you will meet your untimely demise.

And after considering both options, and dwelling a bit too much on it, knowing full well it’s probably not healthy to concentrate too much on either, I know that ultimately we all belong in the present, destined to be here and only here, because as Dr. Emmett Brown said, "Time travelling is just too dangerous."

It’s all out of our control.

But still, just for fun, if you could have one day where time was travel was possible, would you choose to return to the past, or seek out your future?

— Becky is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her famiy and saving time by reading while walking.


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