Years ago, I read a book by the name of Black Holes and Time Warps, written by physicist, Kip Thorne. He spoke about wormholes and time travel, but one statement, and I can only loosely paraphrase, was that if you were crawling into a wormhole, you’d have to be careful not to collide with yourself crawling out of that wormhole. The entire edifice collapsed, because if all of this were somehow possible, which of you would be the real you? The one crawling in, or the one crawling out? More to the point; how did one person become two people? There is only one reality, and if you crawled into a wormhole and then crawled back out, you wouldn’t have to give even a moment’s thought to what some other copy of yourself was doing."I’m here, it’s today, and I can only live this moment in time."
The recipe to happiness. You can't change the past, future isn't here yet. You need to enjoy today. That's what you have.
The chief takeaway, at least for me, was that in Thorne’s words, I had faced the utter fallacy of it all; there is only one reality. We have free will, and can make life altering choices, but if we sought to go back in time to try to save our younger selves from the consequences of some poorly taken decision, there would only be one of us there in the past, and that younger version of ourselves would not have the benefit of the knowledge we had gained since that time. Even if we could somehow travel back in time, we could not effectively change the past.
So, as I see it, this leaves us right back at the starting point; today. It’s all any of us has, so we can choose to accept reality, and strive to inform our future choices from the wisdom gained by experience, or we can expend our time and effort thinking about what we cannot change.
This has all of the potential for being a pleasant day. The temperature is shaping up to remain pleasant, all day, and I think we will be spared the violent monsoon storms we had yesterday. I’m off of work, and aside from some yard work, I have no pressing tasks. So, I might as well enjoy this day, because I’m stuck with it, either way.