Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be a time traveler? You can defy the space-time continuum. You can be in two places at once. You can be in different ends of the world in just a snap. You can go back and forth in history. You can prevent a disaster from happening in a matter of seconds. You know what I would do? I will start my day anywhere in the world, have brunch in England with Princess Diana, shop in New York with the great-great granddaughter of Oprah Winfrey, spend the afternoon with the penguins in Antarctica when global warming was still just a scare, and dine and fall in love in Paris with my husband-to-be. The following day will be yet another day. I can start all over in a different country and end the day perhaps in another century. That would be really cool. 🙂
But that is just me. 🙂
What if we really did have the capability to travel through time? We can bridge the gap between the past and the future. The kids in the past (who turned out to be our parents and grandparents, who knew?) missed a lot of cool stuff that is available to us now and will be more “cool” in the coming years.
The children of tomorrow (who will be our children and grandchildren, yikes!) also would have missed the cool stuff that is deeply rooted in the past and have long been forgotten. Wouldn’t it really be just wonderful if we can time travel and never forget the past and never miss out on the future? 🙂
But, sad as it may be, it is not possible (yet!) for us to time travel. It is inevitable that we will forget the past and we will miss out on what the future holds. What’s even sadder is that with the emergence of the new social media, we forget more easily, we take for granted the little things that are not supposed to “go away” until after quite some time. 😦
My brother and I came across an online article that we both found funny and interesting. This TIME magazine article (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2011482,00.html) lists down the things that are no longer possible or accessible to the generation of children today.
Top 10 Things Kids Today Will Never Experience
1. Camera Film
2. Landline Phones
3. Real Books
4. Being Lost
5. Music Videos on MTV
7. The Glory Days of Nick at Nite
8. Tan M&Ms
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator
Some I found really funny, some sort of disappointing.
Some of the things listed above are brought to extinction because of the new social media and the modern technology. Camera films are replaced by digital cameras, DSLRs, and webcams, perhaps. Landline phones are nearly extinct because of cordless phones, mobile phones, and what-have-you’s. Books are now digital and electronic, too! We have e-books stored in laptops, Smartphones and iPads. No one ever has to get lost anymore. We have GPS, tracking devices and softwares.
Being lost surely would have been a once-in-a-lifetime rollercoaster experience. Too bad it’s not happening anymore. 🙂 (kidding 🙂 )
The new social media have given us a lot of opportunities to help us adapt to the fast pace of modern life, but they’ve also made us miss out on so much. I guess there can never really be a perfect state. We just need to balance the good and the bad. 🙂
In the future –future, future, future (with echoing voices) – I hope our children will be able to develop an “honest-to-goodness” time travelling machine so everyone will not miss out on anything. Wouldn’t it be really fun to merge the past and the future in the present? I know I want that. I can date Ashton Kutcher when he’s still in his early twenties. 🙂