The idea of a time machine is hardly new to science fiction stories. Time machines have existed on paper since the advent of the genre, thanks to seeds planted by such illustrious names as H. G. Wells. Anyone who has any interest in science fiction has at one time read a story, or seen a TV show or movie, where time travel is part of the plot. I could make a long list of time-travel adventures, but tonight I want to share something different. I want to focus on the reason we enjoy these stories.
The chance to relive a moment, to correct a mistake, to be once again with someone we miss, perhaps someone we failed to appreciate or save-these are the hoped-for outcome of traversing time. To see history in the making, or prevent a tragedy, to save lives, or stop a madman; who wouldn’t take that chance if it was offered to us?
I’m sure I would consider it, despite the risks. And for anyone who’s ever known a story of time travel, there are risks. There’s the chance that something could be changed that absolutely shouldn’t, that would have a negative impact on everything that comes after. How would you live with the knowledge you made the wrong choice, that you actually made the world a worse place? Perhaps it’s a good thing time travel only exists in stories.
Still, who among us doesn’t long for a chance at a do-over of some kind? Who wouldn’t like a chance to go back, make a different choice, take a different path? Who has absolutely no regrets?
I don’t intend this to sound morbid or depressed. I’m not talking earth-shattering changes here, just simply something we all we had done different. But that’s how we learn isn’t it, from mistakes, and regrets, and lost chances. The key is to learn and grow, and consider each opportunity as it comes to us.
Until a time machine becomes available for us to use, take time to consider your choices, and live each moment to the fullest. Thanks for reading.