For those of you who watch the TV series Doctor Who, you would probably know about the Time And Relative Dimension In Space (TARDIS). For the uninitiated, the TARDIS is a spaceship that can travel to (almost) any point in time and space. Curious? Go watch Doctor Who… after you finish reading this.
Now, imagine you had a TARDIS. The catch is that it’s broken, and can’t go back into the past. It can only go to the future. Where would you go?
I know exactly where and when I would want to go. I want to skip the hardship of making my thesis in senior year of college. I want to go straight to my graduation, when I walk down that stage, shake hands with our Chancellor, and get my diploma. But I also plan on going to law school after college, and I don’t even want to think about how hard that would be. So I could skip that as well. And if I’m going to skip past law school, I’ll definitely skip reviewing for and actually taking the bar exam. If I could go to any point in my future, I would go to the day when I’m content.
The day when I wake up with a smile on my face because of the man/woman I love is lying right beside me. The day I wake up without worrying about money or food or debt. The day when my life is perfect.
The problem is, that day would never come. I can have a million dollars in my bank account, a sprawling estate, a perfect partner, and beautiful children. And I still wouldn’t be content. I want something better, something more. I dream of it all the time. It used to be only the best for myself. But as I grew older, I wanted something better for the people around me.
And besides, even if a day like that was possible, it wouldn’t be the same if I got there because of time travel. It wouldn’t mean as much compared to if I worked for it for so many years. Everyone and everything I would have then wouldn’t be as valuable to me.
I won’t turn down a chance to take the TARDIS for a spin though.
This post was inspired by a Daily Prompt: If you could fast forward to a specific date in the future, when would it be?