I've often heard people talking and seen people writing about how they have no regrets - that everything they've done has brought them to where they are today, and they are confident everything has happened to them for a reason. I know this to be true in my heart. But while I don't dwell on my regrets (at least not for too long!), I'd be lying to your face - um, computer screen - if I told you I had none. I think of how different my life would be if I'd stuck with Weight Watchers two years ago. If I hadn't screwed school up. If I'd learned to manage my money better. So many ifs.
If I could have seen the future, would I have made some of the decisions I made that have affected my life, my family's lives, so profoundly? Chances are....I would have made better choices. It would be so neat to have a handy-dandy gadget to see into the future and see how the decisions I am making now, no matter how minuscule or harmless or inconsequential they might seem, will play into the big picture on down the road. While I've definitely learned some valuable lessons as a result of bad decision-making, and have had my share of character-building and resolve-strengthening experiences; knocks I had to take, for lack of a better analogy, it would be nice to be reaping the rewards of good decisions instead of picking up the pieces because of bad ones. However - what's done is done and going forward I can only hope to do better. I think I'm off to a good start!
Over at Coffee Chat today, Leslie asked " If you had the choice of going back in the past to a specific time in history, OR, if you could travel ahead into the future (you are coming back to present, don't worry) --- which would you choose?"
You might be thinking I'd gladly go to the future, just to see how my actions today will define my tomorrow, and make changes accordingly. But I wouldn't. Truth is - the future is not set in stone. And *I* will be making my own future. Therefore, I will be going back in time. While I would love to go back to my young adulthood, when I still had a good figure and was more financially stable than I am now, I wouldn't even go back then. Instead, I'd go back to the late 60s/early70s.
Sure, it was a tumultuous time of radical change, but the cars that ruled the road during this time were, in my opinion, the best-looking ever made. The dishes, the housewares, the decor, the style, the makeup, the clothing.....all so unique and beautiful. But the music? The music was (some of) the best! You had CCR, The Beatles, The Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Johnny Winter, Hendrix, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Jan and Dean, Dylan, the Dead, Elvis, and ALL the country greats.
And you had The Doors. One of my favorite bands of all time. I know I say that about a lot of bands, but of those bands, The Doors are WAY on up there! I'd go back to that time, and be my mother's age now, just to have been around the same age as this man:
Whether he looked like this:
Or even this:
But I prefer this - it's one of my favorites:
In my opinion, one of my current musician crushes bears a striking resemblance to Jim in the above photo. Can you guess who? (Hint: it's the hair and the quirky hat!)
And I am so excited now because in less than two weeks, I am headed to see fellow Jim obsessee/fangirl Spank, and she and I will be going to see my first ever Doors tribute band! Set the night on fire, indeed!
Here, enjoy some Doors live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1968.....
So now you know why I wouldn't head to the future!
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Image Source: Credit to original photographers; I found them all at the fuckyeahjimmorrison Tumblr.
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