What would you do if you were offered the key to time travel – not to visit periods of time or people, but to go back in time with the ability to reshape who you were; who you are? Would you accept the offer? Would you dare?
The chance to tinker with your personality, your character. I’d love to have less self-doubt, to be more confident. To not feel the need to seek approval/endorsement of others, those in authority. So, the chance to step back in time and change who I am, create a better version of me, is tempting.
However, if I do this, if I change who I was in the past, will that change who I am now. I would expect it to make me a better version of myself, but would it? Would it be possible to control my destiny that closely from a small change in the past?
Alternatively, would who I am today disappear, to be replaced by a stranger. Some stranger who has the characteristics I wanted; who is more self-confident, but because they don’t have any self-doubt and don’t care what others think, is arrogant, rude and insensitive to others’ feelings.
We think about changing for the better, but what choice would you make if it were you? If there is the possibility that the person you are would cease to exist?
This post was prompted by Sadje’s WDYS of 19th December