I pondered this question for a few hours. If I could time travel to any year, what year would it be, and why?
I immediately ruled out the distant past because I don’t want to end up in a place without modern conveniences, where the idea of luxury is an outhouse, or doctors think leeches are high-tech medicine. Nope.
That leaves either the recent past or the future. I’m going to consider both.
I’d be pretty interested in traveling to 2121. First, it’s a cool number, and second, it’s just a little over 100 years from now. One hundred years is a pretty significant amount of time for things to evolve – or devolve.
My guess is that the world will either look like this:
Or like this:
Of course, I’d be happier with the first than the second. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally have The Jetsons technology by then.
Either way, or whatever I might find in 2121, I’d like the option to return or stay.
So that’s the future, but what about the recent past? Would I want to travel to a year in my recent past. Yes, yes I would.
The Recent Past
I’d do just about anything to be able to travel back to 2001. Why then? Because that would be the year before my mom died.
- I’d like to spend an enormous amount of time with her – enough to really make her wonder why the heck I won’t go away.
- I’d want to hold endless conversations with her, about anything and everything.
- I’d like to take 1000 photos of her.
- I’d like to record hundreds of hours of video of her.
- I’d like to tell her I love her a million times.
I’d give a lot to be able to hear her voice again and to see her in a video. But we didn’t do those kinds of things very much back then. So I have very few photos of her, no audio at all, and no video at all. I would go back and change that, if only I could.