Being Me

Blog 2602 – 12.13.2022

Being Me

I have been a life-long fan of time-travel books and movies and am fascinated by all the different takes and themes I have seen regarding time travel. I just recently finished the six season BBC/Canadian series Being Erica in which a thirty something woman has a list of regrets and missteps and finds herself in the hospital where Doctor Tom offers her a new kind of therapy, one she will never regret.

Erica’s life is full of regrets, things she would happily do differently if she had the chance. Doctor Tom’s therapy provides her with doors to moments in her past that she can go through to change those events. But Erica realizes that changing the past has consequences and that until we change ourselves we always end up in the same place.

“Would-a, could-a, should-a, Pal” is a line from a favorite movie, Pay It Forward, that we like use in our house when someone is expressing regrets. Wishing we could have a do-over is something we all have wished for at one time or another. But would we really make different choices, say or do things differently? Suppose we did and there are all those different dimensions where we opened different doors and made different choices.

I do not pretend to understand physics let alone quantum physics but as the words Will Shakespeare had one of his characters say perhaps there are “worlds not dreamt of in our philosophy” worlds in which you and I have explored all the choices available to us.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

Just being me,

David White

The Highwayman

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