Time-travel has fascinated thinkers through the ages. Is time-travel or the ability to go backward or forward in time possible. The thought itself is so exciting! What if we could go back and make an alternative decision either on our education or career. What if we could travel forward 50 years forward? What would the world be like?
I am certain this bound to whet your appetite. Incidentally some philosophers have debunked time-travel with the famous grandfather’s paradox which goes as follows “What if I could back in time and kill my grandfather. Then I would never have been born, in which case I cannot go back in time to kill my grandfather. This in turn would mean that my grandfather would live and so would I. As a consequence I can go back in time to kill my grandfather ad nauseam. Because of this essential contradiction some philosophers claim that time-travel is not possible. There have been counter arguments that time travel is possible but we could in no way alter the events that have already happened.
In any case this article is not about this type of time-travel. I want to suggest another type of time-travel which all of us can do and should do! What we need to do every now and then is travel back in our memory through time. Each us carry inside ourselves a rich repository of past experiences. Can we look at our past successes and understand the things we did right. We deserve a pat on our back for that. Can we also delve into our failures? Why did we fail? What did we do wrong? What can we do to prevent a similar mistake in our future? Besides we also need to look at all those who helped us in our journey thus far. We need to be grateful for our friends and family who supported us in our life and take the time to express gratitude to them.
Besides we could also travel into the future. Maybe ahead in time by 3 to 5 years. How do we visualize ourselves in the future? What do we want to become in 5 years’ time? How do we go about achieving this? Many thinkers have suggested that it is very important to visualize what we would like our future to be and take proactive steps to achieving them. Can we plan ahead for a bright future?
This is the type of time-travel we need to do often and perform the much needed course corrections in our life. However I would like to add a word of caution. While we practice the above types of time-travel we should avoid the trap of digging into our past for our mistakes only to dwell and beat ourselves for. The past is over and we need to move forward. We need to let go and learn from the mistakes and not let it drag us down! Similarly it is useless to worry about some event that may possibly happen in the future. We cannot destroy a perfect present because we are worried about some possibility in the future.
If we avoid these 2 roads of raking the past to beat ourselves with and being anxious about a future event all other types of time-travel are extremely important in our journey in life.