I recently read this interesting story about people's hopes and dreams of where technology could take them in the future. I would have guessed that people would have wanted to fly, like with individual jet packs, or have a self-driving car (which are, apparently, closer than we think), or use mind-controlled devices (that one is already here!)
But no -- what people wanted most was to be able to travel through time. People wanted to travel back in time to offer some sage wisdom to their younger selves -- to tell them to not worry so much, not to date that guy, or simply to say that everything will be all right. Some wanted to travel into the future to know whether the decisions they were making right now were the right ones.
What would you do if you could go back in time? What would you want to tell yourself?
The first time I went to see a nutritionist for my own health was after I was finished nutrition school, had started my business, and I believed, had found my calling. In short, I was happy with my life.
As this nutritionist was doing my intake, it seemed very clear that the biggest, bumpiest road of my health challenges led back to my vaccinations and subsequent travels to Africa. And he asked me, "Was it worth it?"
I didn't answer him, as I think he was asking rhetorically. But when I left his office, I gave it a lot of thought. I knew that there would for sure have been a time, in my deepest place of suffering, when I would have wished to go back in time and tell my younger self not to go. That this adventure was going to make me sick. And even at the time the question was originally asked, I couldn't say for sure if I regretted my decision to take this trip.
But now? Now I know. The experiences I have had in my life, the good ones and the challenging ones, were all worth it. From crappy relationships to bad jobs to sickness to the amazing travels, the people I have met and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences I have collected-- they all added up to the life I'm living right now. And then it occurred to me...
Changing our past doesn't require us to travel back in time.
See, we don't need any magic machines or special powers to change our past. We definitely spend enough time thinking about it, but is it possible that we can change the past simply by altering our perceptions as we continue to move forward through our lives?
Have you ever had an experience that seemed dire at the time, but later came to be viewed as a blessing?
For most of us, we can think of at least one thing, and probably dozens more if we put our mind to it.
The answer is yes. A big, awesome, heart-opening, soul-shining YES!
We will always make good decisions. And we will always make bad decisions. From those seemingly good decisions, we may experience some challenges. And from those seeming bad decision, we may experience the greatest, most awesome rewards of life. It's all simply a matter of perception and perspective.
We are all travelling through time.
We all have that power. Each and every one of us is travelling into the future at a rate of 60 minutes per hour. We are time travellers and it is completely and totally in our control, how we want to use this power.