Have you wondered what advice you would give yourself if you could meet the younger you? I have. And so to aid in that little experiment I took a hypothetical stroll through my memories. It was an interesting jaunt.
Now you think I would go back just far enough to make a difference but not so far back as to terrify myself. The infant stage is much too young for paranormal activities. We might be more open to them at that age but I don’t think we have the mental capacity to analyze and internalize the incident for it to be at all helpful. It would become part of our dreams or our mythology. Not helpful.
In the teenage years we might have the mental capacity to understand it but would we have the experience to incorporate and benefit from the information? Let’s face it, the teenage years are often full of angst and indecision. We don’t want to stand out from the crowd too much and accepting information from any future you is just a bit too ‘out there’.
Now our 20s and 30s are the perfect time. We are starting to get our footing into a career and to understand the thought processes required to function in society. We are beginning to manifest the courage to become the individual we always wanted to be. So perhaps that would be the perfect time to get reacquainted. I wonder how that would go? In the wee hours of the night a conversation might go something like this:
“Say, what? Man that sushi must’ve been bad! Or maybe I have a tumour. Are you a tumour?”
Laughing quietly, “No, I’m not a tuna or a tumour! I am you in 40 years! Is there anything you would like to ask me? I have so much to tell you to make your life better!”
“Got any winning lottery numbers?”
(Damn, I never thought of that! Why didn’t I think of lottery numbers?) “I’m not here with easy fixes. I’m here to help the you that you are today be better for tomorrow. “
“That sounds like cheating. Do I become a cheater?”
“Er, no, I just thought that you could benefit from the experiences I have gained by living my life.”
“But that’s not my life.”
“Well, yes it is because I’m you.”
No you’re not. You’re the you from 40 years in the future. I’m not you,
And that in a nutshell is why it would never work. The person I am today is not the person I was 40 years ago and the only way to become the person I am today is to live those 40 years. There ain’t no shortcuts in life!