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Don’t do it!

Last Friday we discussed how to time travel.

We learned that it is mono-directional and difficult to control.

And I told you how I learned to do it, and why I learned to do it.

I did not tell you why you should do it or under what circumstances it would be considered a good idea.

And why not?

I didn’t tell you why you should learn to time travel or why you should time travel, simply because you shouldn’t.

I didn’t tell you under what circumstances time travel would be considered a good idea because there are none.

What is this time travel?

Time travel involves checking out of your life. Ignoring the world you are physically and potentially emotionally connected to and just drifting through your life.

And while you drift, unattached to what surrounds you, you slip through your life quickly.

And the loss?

What do you lose? What do you miss? Just everything. That’s all.

Huge chunks of my youth are gone. True, I spent a lot of that time drinking, but that’s because alcohol helped me check out, lubricated the wheels of time so that they had little traction on my life and I could slip by more quickly.

And worse still?

Worse than missing all that time is the recent realization that I’m still traveling way to fast. I’ve only recently figured out where the brakes are.

And they’re not very effective, possibly from lack of use.

So more importantly …

More important than teaching you how to time travel, I want to teach you how to hang on and just go through life at a normal speed.

Because if you don’t know how to do that, you’re going to end up like me, having been alive for only eighteen years or so, but being 58 years old.

Live life

The way to not time travel any faster than you have to, is to live life. Savor it. Taste every second, mull over every minute, hold every hour to your heart and be in every moment.

And yes, many of those moments are excruciating and painful, but here’s the beauty of not time traveling, time has a way of healing the bad parts after the fact. If you live them and cherish them, time will make the good of them better and the bad of them will soften with times distance.

If you check out, you lose that opportunity, and you end up with a lack of life, and what there is of it is spent dwelling on what made you check out.

And lastly, know this, at 58 years old, I’m only just starting to get this thing slowed down … and I’ve missed so much. So very much.