Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button in your life?
I don’t remember where I saw this question but it made me think.
The premise sounds great. I’d get a chance to return to some past life events, good and bad ones, whenever I wanted to.
Reliving the good ones sounds nice, but if you really think about it, it isn’t.
Of course, who wouldn’t want to relive all the sets of first times and happy memories? Getting a chance to feel the excitement and exhilarating feelings those important life events bring up once again! Sigh!
But if you really think about it, having the opportunity to relive those moments over and over, would make you take them for granted. They wouldn’t be the powerful happy memories of your life. You would grow accustomed to those events. Reliving them would take away your memories. Reliving them would make your life dull, in the end.
Now lets talk about the bad moments. Of course, having rewind button, would give you the opportunity to go back and change the bad memories. It would give you the chance of fixing up your mistakes, of doing things over until you get them just the way you think feels right.
But, what gives you the certainty that if you went back to do things differently you would get a better outcome? How can you be so sure, that if you went back to “fix” things up, you would get to where you are now? After all, your mistakes are the ones who make you who you are in the present. What didn’t kill you, made you stronger. Without those mistakes and awkward moments you wouldn’t have learned your life lessons.
Getting a time out by the push of a button. It sounds nice, specially when you’re in the middle of those life moments when you have to make big decisions and you feel like you need more time to think about your choices. Remember The Oracle? “We can never see past the choices we don’t understand.”
But isn’t that what life is about? You make choices every day and you learn how to cope and manage the results of your choices.
If your choices give you the results you wanted to, Kudos for you! You can be proud to know that you make the good choices you need in your life. If they give you bad results, then you have the opportunity to make new choices to try to fix up the situation. Everything can be fixed.
Since everything can be fixed, it rules out the need for a pause button. Why stop your life, if you can fix up your choices while living?
So I guess that my answer for the rewind or pause question is: NEITHER.
The spanish saying: “Para atrás, ni para agarrar impulso” is true. It means “Don’t look back, not even to gain momentum“. Going back in time with a rewind button would be like stalling life. Pausing it to make choices would be like stalling life too.
Life is too short to be wasting time going back or stopping it. We should always look forward to our future days. Good and bad ones. Our planet never stops moving. Why should we?