Time travel! Ever fantasized it? Thanks to TV series Supernatural and Flash Forward, I’ve got the chance to picture myself in both directions. Sounds excitingly adventurous and tempting enough to think that if given the opportunity, maybe you could change history or influence the future. But it only lasts as long as you keep yourself in fantasy world and disappears the instant you snap back into reality.
Do indulge me for a moment, will you? If you were to find out that a condition persists in your family because of something done in the past and you had the chance to correct that, would you take it? History can’t be changed but what if it can? Would you take the risk and worry about the consequences later? Or would you rather resign yourself to your fate in reality?
On the flip side, would you like to find out how a critical decision you made in your lifetime affects your posterity? Would that help in deciding what choices to make now? Or would you rather bother yourself with the now and leave the future to deal with itself?
The idea of going back in time to meet my ancestors doesn’t intrigue me that much because history books give us a general idea of how life was back then. Unless I need the first-hand experience to write a paper or a story, I have no other motivating factor to pursue such a trip. And besides, I’ve no lingering questions about why a particular thing is the way it is with me or my family so what exactly would I be talking about with my ancestors?
But flashing forward to meet my future generation sounds interesting to me. I would like to know how life is treating them, if they carry any of my traits, if I left a legacy that they feel proud to associate with. Would I recognize them as part of my family line by their way of life? Would I be proud of the life I led judging from what they have become? Lots of questions which need answers.
So I’d choose flashing forward to meet my great-great grandchildren over going back in time to meet my ancestors. What would you choose and why? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2016