Those who know me, know I love science fiction. I read tons of books and graphic novels. When I watch a movie, usually that is the genre I gravitate towards.
One of the coolest ideas that are fun to think about and try to wrap your head around is the theory of time travel.
Think about it! If you could go back in time and see the dinosaurs! Or go to the future and see how our planet looks after being taken over by the alien horde! You could go have lunch with famous people of the past like Jesus or Socrates… and realize that they don’t speak your language… (what an awkward lunch)
Or something a little more practical; go back in time and change something about your own life.
Well, I am here to tell you, that in a way… YOU CAN!
Imagine yourself 5, 10, or 20 years from now. Think if you didn’t change anything about your life, how would it be. If you kept going about things the same way you are today, how do you look? What are your relationships like? What is your financial situation like?
Now imagine what future self has the ability to travel time and see you of today. Your present self. What would Future You tell Present You?
Would you hope that like in the Terminator they wouldn’t be able to bring back any weapons?
Ultimately you are responsible for the way their life has turned out. Of course, there are unforeseen circumstances but barring that, it is your choices that gave them the life they have. Can you imagine what they would say to you? What advice would they give?
Think about the alternate dimension future you. The one from the dimension where machines don’t take over and enslave everyone. But also the financial system is in place and body fabrication and cerebral transfer have yet to be invented. We have to live with the chance of poverty and our own body.
This you is where you are living the life you dream of. The money, the abs, the loving relationship with your spouse and children. What did that alternate future self do to get to where they were at from your present-day starting point?
Was it all the things that the current dimension future you tells you that you should have done?
While I do take life pretty easy and those who know me know have a lot of fun, I think setting goals and thinking about the future is important. One of the coolest ideas that go along with this theme of talking to you from another time is www.futureme.org. Since I love time travel I sent my future self a letter in 2010.
It was really cool to get that email from my past self and really made me remember some of the things I had been slacking on and just made me feel better about what was going on at the time. When you get a little overwhelmed remember that past you thought he had it bad. What did he know, right?
Future you probably would laugh at both of you.
- Think about Future You and what he/she would tell you to do.
- Go to www.futureme.org and write your in-between Future Self (6 mo, 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years down the road) some encouraging and motivational letters to get back on track with your goals.
- Live long enough to meet Future You.