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Some Timely Advice June 28, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.

Wikipedia ~ The Time Machine (in Public Domain)

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself two things:

1. Don’t buy a bunch of STUFF that you need to store, dust, or insure against natural and man-made disasters.

2. What THEY think of you is none of your business.

* * * * *

Excellent!  Here’s the Time Capsule.  Step lively, now.  No time to waste.

That’s it.  All strapped in.  Perfect.

OK . . . let’s set the coordinates.  Where shall we head?  What year should we visit?

Ah, back in time to your teens.  Brilliant!

And what will Today’s You tell Yesterday’s You when we arrive?

Aah . . . that’s better!

If Time Travel became all the rage . . . would you indulge?

If so, where and when would you head ~ forward? backward? within your lifetime?  farther back?

Related post:  5 Steps to Stop Worrying What People Think of You (Raptitude)


1. wisejourney - June 28, 2013

back in time being a lover of history and historical dramas…i would be in one of those for a few days I think….joy and then back to all the mod cons in my kitchen when I cant get the fire to start!!

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

It would be fun to pop back and forth from HERE to THEN . . . but I’d definitely rather be here when I’m fixing dinner or want a hot shower. 😀

2. SuziCate - June 28, 2013

Great advice! Think we’d have been too stubborn to listen?

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

If I could talk to Teen Me for an hour or so, I might be able to convince her to pay attention and avoid these two pitfalls of life.

Unless she was too preoccupied to listen. :mrgreen:

3. Colonialist - June 28, 2013

I’d want to dash hither and yon, checking out snippets of history. Find the real Robin Hood and King Arthur, see if I could locate the Gettysburg Address without Google, have a chat with Queen Liz 1, and stuff like that.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

If I had to pick a single place and time, I’d probably choose a time in my lifespan. If there were no such constraints, what a fun tool time travel would be ~ back and forth and round about.

The opportunity to rub elbows with folks we’ve only read about.

4. Pix Under the Oaks - June 28, 2013

Hmmm. I think I might go back within my lifetime and also when my Mom and Dad were young. I don’t know. Very interesting this morning! I like your two things.. 🙂

Pix Under the Oaks - June 28, 2013

Your two things about stuff and what people think of us! It sounded a little strange, my last comment.. 😀

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

I didn’t think it sounded strange, Pix. And I like your choice ~ it would be great fun to see our parents (and grandparents) in their younger years!

My grandparents (mom’s side) grew up in Scotland and summered in the Orkneys. That would be a grand place to visit!

5. ericjbaker - June 28, 2013

I’d go back and tell myself not to waste time worrying about stupid stuff that doesn’t matter and to stop playing it safe all the time.

Then I’d visit classical Greece to look at the Parthenon when it was new.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Have you read the book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (And It’s All Small Stuff). I re-read it periodically to keep anxiety, worry, and angst to a dull roar.

While you’re in Greece, please stop by the Oracle at Delphi and ask “What’s what?” 😉

6. shreejacob - June 28, 2013

If I were to go back I would tell myself that it’s actually quite fun to be on our own, that it is good to have time to ourselves and that it is not okay to be a doormat. That I don’t have to be a people pleaser. Nice post Nancy..makes me think of sitting and writing a list of things to go back and tell my younger self 🙂

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Good idea, Shree. Creating a list of things to go back and tell our younger self reinforces what we’ve learned in life. So far.

For example, when we realize that “what they think of us is none of our business,” the desire to be a people pleaser (or a doormat) dissipates.

We are still generous and kind . . . because it makes US feel good, not because we want THEM to like us.

shreejacob - June 28, 2013

*like* …so true and thank YOU for giving me the idea 😉

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Enjoy your “time travel” adventure!

7. Judson - June 28, 2013

I have always loved the theory that humans would be much better off to be born 80 years old and to gradually get younger, healthier, and happier until one day we enter the “womb” and die as a glorious orgasm!

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Have you watched the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons? He did something a bit like what you’re describing:


Judson - June 28, 2013

Yes … problem with that was he was the only one experiencing it, so it was abnormal and sad. Can’t recall if he got the orgasm part at the end or not … 🙂

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Good point. It would be better to have everyone heading the the same direction with us.

BTW: I read your first comment as “die as a glorious organism.” 😆

8. katecrimmins - June 28, 2013

Love your advice. Where were you when I was young? I wonder if I would have “listened.” In my divorce I lost custody of the “good” dishes. I was distraught and wanted to go out and buy another set of expensive china. Than I came to my senses. So much more fun to have stuff you don’t care if it gets broken and don’t have to hand wash! Yay! As for 2 places — definitely Woodstock (I missed the real one because I had my appendix out) and one of my uncle’s 4th of July picnics when I was young and everyone was still alive.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Woodstock would be a great choice of place/time to visit. As would a 4th of July picnic with “everyone” in attendance.

I agree about the dishes. In fact, my china is exactly the type of STUFF I’d warn myself against acquiring. We received most of ours as wedding gifts from dearly departed relatives.

It’s easier for me to give away STUFF I purchased for myself. Giving away gifts is harder.

9. Jodi - June 28, 2013

I’ve had this on my mind lately as well. If i could go back to my teenage me and tell her that she better use all that free time that she has a lot more wisely. Less TV, more doing cool stuff.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Great advice. Time moved so slowly back then that we felt we had “all the time in the world” to doing all that cool stuff. And then time sped up.

10. diannegray - June 28, 2013

I’d go back to a day on my childhood just to experience seeing my siblings and parents young again – although I’d probably walk around all day with my mouth gaping and saying things like, ‘holy crap, I can’t wait to get on the net and tell the bloggers about this one!’ and of course they would think I’d gone nuts 😉

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

It would be fun to go back and re-experience a few of the best days again . . . but, you’re right, unless we had amnesia, we’d probably stick our foot in our mouth more than once.

It would be hard not to “spill the beans” about what the future holds for them.

diannegray - June 28, 2013

Particularly my eldest brother who was right into ‘computers’ before the real computer age 😀

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Sounds like my “little” bro . . . he had a TRS-80 in the 70’s, long before I graduated from an electric typewriter and White Out.

11. Perfecting Motherhood - June 28, 2013

I’d tell myself a couple more things (I do love your advice, by the way):
1) Listen to your gut feeling. Every. Single. Time.
2) Find your passions early on and stick to them, no matter what other people tell you. This would have saved me over 30 years of my life looking for what I really want to do. 🙂
I tell these to my kids (as well as your advice) on a regular basis. That’s the least I can do.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Great advice. Sometimes we “overthink” things, analyzing them to death instead of just listening to our gut/intuition.

Using an external compass causes us to veer off course more often than if we followed our heart and passions.

Perfecting Motherhood - June 28, 2013

I’ve learned to stop reasoning with my gut feeling. When I make a decision that way, I always regret the consequences down the road. No more of that. The hardest is actually to hear that little voice inside you that tries to guide you. But it’s worth listening.

nrhatch - June 28, 2013

Yes! It is worth tuning “them” out to LISTEN to the inner voice.

12. two engaging goldens - June 29, 2013

Now subscribed to Raptitude. I dont collect material stuff these days but I sure do collect blogs. 🙂 I would travel back to the 50’s and early 60’s when I lived in Swinging England and we all lived simpler lives – no car, no phone, no big supermarkets, we all had bikes, wrote letters, shopped at the corner store and the local bobby (policeman) walked past my house at around 11pm and told my boyfriend to go home and me to go indoors. Also of course we had the Beatles too!! Joy

nrhatch - June 29, 2013

David’s posts (Raptitude) are always worth the price of admission.

I want to travel back to that point in time with you . . . sounds idyllic. Can’t imagine a local bobby attempting to do that today. We had more cohesive communities with fewer comings and goings. People weren’t afraid to look out for one another.

13. Grannymar - June 29, 2013

I was never a collector of ‘stuff’, even when I married, I moved into a ready made home so needed very little to add to the items already there. I occasionally have a ‘going to Australia’ moment and clear out anything that I would not take, if I were emigrating half way round the world! I am ready to do another clear out this summer.

nrhatch - June 29, 2013

I love that “Going to Australia” idea ~ great way to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Each time we’ve moved, we done a clear out. By now, we should be down to “bare bones,” but we’ve still got more stuff than we need. I’ll keep whittling away at it . . . taking advantage of those glorious “going to Australia” moments.

Grannymar - June 29, 2013

I have lived in the same house for thirty six years, so I need a “Going to Australia” day every now and then.

nrhatch - June 29, 2013

It’s a great idea . . . and far cheaper, easier, and less time consuming than actually packing up boxes and moving. 😎

14. Booksphotographsandartwork - June 29, 2013

I would tell myself not to cut my hair! I would discuss applying myself more in school, taking better classes and getting more help where I needed it. I would also ask my neighbor or boyfriend to teach me how to drive so I could learned so much sooner than I did. And yes not to collect a bunch of crap!

nrhatch - June 29, 2013

Creating lists like this is a great way to see what we’ve learned on this journey through life. I’m glad that you learned how to drive . . . even if it was “later” rather than sooner.

15. jannatwrites - July 2, 2013

Good advice, and interesting question. I was fascinated by the early U.S. presidents…I would like to visit the late 1700s/early 1800s just to see what life was like (as long as I could be back here and now before I had to go to the bathroom or take a shower :razz:)

nrhatch - July 2, 2013

Yes! I loved our 20th century visit to Monticello, but it would be a real treat to meet Jefferson in person. He was quite an inventor/innovator. And we have him to thank for bringing ICE CREAM to our shores for the first time! Yay!

It would also be fabulous to wander around Mount Vernon with George and Martha. With Cherry Pie for dessert!

16. Tokeloshe - July 4, 2013

I would love time travel, but I would have a hard time deciding between the future and the past.

If I could travel back to my younger self, I would tell myself not to tan, to take more photos, listen to my grandparent’s stories and look at their photos.

nrhatch - July 4, 2013

Oh, great advice. I’d love to have a few days with my grandparents to learn more about them and share some laughs.

If I could only travel in one direction, I think I’d be tempted to head into the future to see what’s coming down the pike in 50-100 years. I expect that seeing into that “crystal ball” would help me decide how to spend my remaining years.

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