Presenting the Future to my Past

We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories and those that carry us forward, are dreams.

― H.G. Wells 

If you had the opportunity to talk to your past self, might not seem like a good thing. All of us are immature at every point in life if you consider the subsequent points. For example, I am more mature now, than when I‌ was in school. I will be more mature tomorrow, as compared to today. Every day we learn new things, and along with it, gain perspective. This perspective gives us a better outlook into life and thus help us become a mature person. So if you get to read your diary from years ago, or scroll down the Facebook timeline it might prove very dangerous for your self-esteem. You are going to cringe at your immature self.

A‌ good equivalent would be rewatching the past seasons of your favourite series. You might want to jump in and ask them not to take certain actions – even though you know very well they won’t be able to follow your instructions. Or you might want to tell them not to worry about the events that occur to them. In fact, that particular set of problems might be the foundation of a story arc that makes them a better person.

Wouldn’t that apply to us as well? Should we also not realise that our problems are but passing clouds? If you’d want fictional characters to be more relaxed because what happens to them is going to make them better, shouldn’t that be the very advice we need to tell our past selves?‌ And by extension, if we start believing in it today, wouldn’t that be an acknowledgement of what our future self tries to tell its past, ie, our present?

Whatever advice you want to tell your past is probably the same advice that your future self is trying to tell you:‌ it’s not worth worrying over.

I remember that when I‌ looked at my diary, I cringed at myself when I saw that I had an entry where I lamented a whole day over the fact that a girl hadn’t answered my question on why she was absent. Today, given that I‌ don’t even remember it, I think I’ve come to the point where I‌ no longer care about her lack of a response. Guess it might have been too personal a question.

While this dealt with the past, recently, I‌ came across the concept of time capsules. The concept of writing a letter to future me sounded enthralling. While on the other hand, having seen how I have felt about the things that my younger self worried, I‌ think I’m doing the future me a favour by not setting up a time capsule from the present day.

And about the present day, I‌’ve started to realise a few things.‌ Apart from the fact that it’s going to be a year since I‌ started blogging, it’s also the fact that I need to live in the present. It is up to us to know and accept that the actions of the present are influenced by experiences and possible consequences. Acknowledge the past and future, but live in the present.

The memories of the past are done. In the present, we have control over any memories that we are going to make. Memories are like your babies – you have to live with them throughout your life. Let them be happy and proud – while this is meant for your memories, I‌ realise it applies to babies too.

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Karthik

Jack of many trades, master of none

7 thoughts on “Presenting the Future to my Past”

  1. Woah, your new banner is out of this world! Like, literally 😉

    Anyway, I recently did the same and went down through my Facebook timeline, upto five years back and I was amused at how my younger self saw the world then. A lot of times I went, ‘that’s so silly of me’ or ‘Can’t believe I shared that in public’ 🙂 In any case, I don’t mind taking a trip down memory lane.

    How to commemorate your one year. Gee, now I’m worrying about my own anniversary. Start a new section or compile a list of your own favourite posts? I dunno, I’m so bad at this.

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    1. Thanks bro. All thanks to Photoshop and a tutorial off the internet.
      Yah. Neither do I mind a trip down the memory lane. Sometimes, I seem silly to myself too. A new section, well, that is a good idea – and I already made the compilation earlier today. Great people think alike 😀😀😀

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  2. And the worst relevation – till the moment I read my diary, I was actually free. Oh, Karthi… You are SO right. A year or so ago I read back through some of my journals pre-2003 and OML! I was depressed for days! I’m so much happier now. Journals should come with a warning label! Loved this post!

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  3. You made such a significant point, that our fb timeline haunts us just when we begin to forget what we don’t want to remember. And so does the diary…it embarrasses us before ourselves! Man oh man your time capsule idea is bomb though…..!

    P.S. really nice quote chosen to start with

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