Has it ever occurred to you to keep an eye out for an older version of yourself? I mean, just in case time travel becomes a reality at some point in the future and you decide to come back and have a look.
Okay, so you don’t think that’ll ever happen. Fair enough. But if you look around, you’ll see that you’ve come to rely on a great many things that many may have thought impossible years ago. So who knows?
And besides, there is a point to this exercise.
Let’s just suppose your “future you” showed up in front of you one day. What do you think he/she would say? And if you could go back into your own life and talk to yourself at some point in your past, when and where would it be and what would you say to yourself?
In fact, I feel an honest consideration of what you might say to your “younger self” would give you an idea of what your “future you” may have to suggest to you now.
One of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” is to begin with the end in mind. Consider that for a moment, both in terms of looking back and going forward. You are, right here and now, a product of the choices you’ve made and habits and attitudes you’ve relied upon to this point.
Are you happy with who you are? Where you are? Where you’re going?
Going forward, is there anything you’d like to be different?
Ask yourself: would your future self come back and say, “I wish you’d done this or that, or not done this or that?” If so, you have something to seriously consider in the choices you make today.
And so back to where we started: will time travel one day be possible? Perhaps, however you have little or no control over that. But as for the choices you make today, well, that’s a different story.
And that’s the story that will shape the “future you,” who might be just around the corner.