I remember the first time I saw Back To The Future. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see the rest of the trilogy. It blew my mind, and I wondered what I would do if I could go back in time. What would I see if I went forward in time? Would I (eventually) make some mistake that would cost me my guitar playing skills forever – or would I go on to greatness?
With that, here are the ways I time travel back into the past as well as travel forward in the future, and then successfully return to the present. Proceed with caution, use at your own risk, and kids – don’t try this at home.
Techniques for Traveling Backwards In Time
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Put an old mixed tape/CD or favorite album on and close your eyes. Gin Blossoms and Third Eye Blind take me back to my freshman year in college.
- Visit your home town. Visit your old schools – elementary, middle, high school. Take a walk through your old college campus – your professors might still be there. Eat at the restaurants you used to visit as a child. Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas are my ticket back to middle school.
- Read old journal (physical, or online blogs). Great if you have your own. Even better if you can get your hands on someone else’s with you in it!
- Smell. Go outside to a park, or anywhere with lots of greenery. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply, and smell the air. Pine cones is my childhood in Lafayette, Indiana.
- Review old photographs of friends and experiences.
- Prom and other formal events (yes, you were as dorky and naive as you look)
- Embarassing pictures from graduation parties
- This technique is most successful if you can find pictures of you where your hair looks different (or, if you’re old enough, where you still have hair)
- Visit your parents (or children if they are grown!) and other relatives. If that’s not an option, call them on the phone.
- Attend your high school class’ 10 year reunion. You’ll be surprised how little people change in 10 years. You’ll also be surprised how little you may have changed, when you are back in their company.
- Reflect, and give thanks. We may not realize how fortunate we are or count our blessings often. With thanksgiving coming up, it’s a great time to reflect, and travel back to where we’ve been, how we got here – and be thankful for all the things we have.
All of the above have been used to transport the subject into the past and return them safely to the present, without altering any past events. Subjects may return to the present disoriented, invigorated, and nostalgic.
Techniques for Traveling Forward In Time
- Visualize the future. Lie down, close your eyes, and imagine the future. Picture yourself, your job, your house. Visualize the milestones that will lead to that future: high school and college graduations, moving for your first job, promotions, achievements of personal goals. The clearer you visualize the future, the more likely you are to be correct (hey, nobody said time travel was perfect)
- Write down your goals. Winston Churchill once said “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” We have the power today to write our own future – the more specific we are, the more likely it is to be right.
- Just relax and enjoy the ride. We’re all going forward 60 seconds at a time. Enjoy the present, learn some lessons, take pictures and write journals along the way – and travel back and enjoy it again whenever you want.
PS – One Of My Goal Setting Secrets
Today, realize I have already traveled back in time. When I am confronted with tough decisions, or days where I feel like not doing anything, I imagine meeting myself from the future. Sid from the future tells me this:
I am Sid from the future. I am here to tell you that, today, you have the opportunity to change everything. Your whole live hinges on today‘s actions. If you do not act today, if you do not grab control of your fate today, your life will take a completely different trajectory. One path leads to greatness, and the other path leads to a life where you will look back on today as the day where you could have spoken up, today is the day where you could have reached out. You will look back realizing that today was the one chance you had to change everything. Do not let this moment pass you by.
I am Sid from the future. Make the most of today.
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