If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?
I truly wonder if people realize what they are doing when they ponder things such as this. It is a waste of time and energy. You change one moment you change the whole story.
No matter what moment you choose you are changing your perspective of it. You cannot erase the memories of things that have happened in the future of going back to the past, do you understand that? Your experiences all go with you in your mind. However, you go back and change one thing, you now change the entire story. And there is no way to tell from the past what parts will be changed.
When Marty McFly went back to 1955 and accidentally met his parents and almost had his mom fall in love with him, not only was that the most Freudian thing ever on film in my memory, but it was in his parents memory and they became these hip, rich, book-writing parents. Ahhhh, the dream!
Marty had no way of knowing that he would create that kind of reality. And that is what we have at this moment! We have no clue of where our story is going, and that’s kind of awesome! It’s freeing. But each step will impact the next!
In 2008 I accepted my first, real, ‘I think this is a career!’ Position. I was wrong, but I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t tried. And God forbid I wouldn’t have met my wife without every opportunity from then until now falling out from underneath me for a variety of reasons. Some my fault, my choice, some not.
If I could change any of those opportunities do you honestly believe I would? NO WAY!!! A life without my wife at this current moment is not a life I would want to experience! Period.
So, what if I was to just go back to that ‘I can make this a career’ position and I actually excel? What if I was to rock that thing out and still be there today eight years later?? Well, that means no photography for The Science Museum of Minnesota, that means no Research Caller for two different companies and being promoted to Traffic Director of five major magazine publications for wealth managers, that means no experience as a collections agent, and most importantly that means no move back to West-Central Minnesota to work for WALMART and that means I would have never met my wife– ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE!!! NO!!
We live in a world of ‘If Only’. We need to live in a world that understands consequences. Nobody seems to think ahead any longer and realize that every action you take takes you toward somethinng, but it also takes you away from something else. Action/reaction people.
Before you move ahead, know where you want to go and be willing to accept the challenges that arise. We don’t really need to discuss going back because, well, you can’t. Live to move forward and live for purpose. I Make Positive Actions Come True and you will I.M.P.A.C.T. All of your tomorrows and not worry about the past.