Today’s (well yesterdays’s now but who’s keeping track?) task is to;
publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.
I’ve been meaning to actually write a post in response to one of these for a while now so here is a perfect excuse. Today’s Daily prompt, entitled One More Time asks
If you were able to relive one day from the last 12 months, which day would it be — and why?
Time travelling is a strange and mysterious thing, that in theory is so complex it is nie impossible. I’m no physicist so you will have go read up on your black holes and and all things time and space as I’m far more interested in the fictional type of time travel.
There have been many books, films and TV series over the years that play with the idea of time travel. Whether that’s someone traveling to save the world such as in the Terminator series, for pure science and/or Sci-Fi adventure such as Star Trek films, the Back to the Future Trilogy and of course Doctor Who or even to explore the repercussions of changing your past such as in the Butterfly Effect, and in Blackadder: Back and Forth.
It is this last type of time travel that my favourite time travel-y film fits into although it is less thinky and more warm and fuzzy as it would probably be more commonly be counted as a Rom-Com (ahhh typical girl!). It is of Course About Time. Written and directed by the Love Actually creator, Richard Curtis and starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy amongst others, it brings all the warm cosy feelings that it’s christmas counterpart but for all the year. Briefly (and with the help of IMDB); at the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. The film then Follows him as he uses his inherited abilities to relive and change those moments that we all wish didn’t go so badly into the way we saw it going in our heads. Sounds perfect right? Well, obviously it isn’t as straightforward as that as Tim finds out a few years later when he can no longer travel back past the birth of his child without ending up with a different child in the present (that butterfly effect again!).
Later on in the film his Dad (Bill Nighy) lets him into his secret of how he lives with his time traveling abilities. At the end of each day he would travel back to the beginning of the very same day and do everything exactly the same. However this time he would appreciate the little things as he had already worried over the big things. He did this until it became habit in his 1st living of each day so he no longer needed to relive each day. I think we could all take something from that, to appreciate the little things as well as the big, whether that is noticing your partner did something new/different/special for you, enjoying the weather, allowing yourself to relax etc.
It is also why I have 2 answers to the above prompt.
The first is that just because I have the ability to relive any day in the last 12 months doesn’t mean I would or even should choose one as it would have unknown consequences for the present.
The 2nd is that if I had to pick a day it would most likely be last christmas day. This is because it is one of the few days in the year where my whole family come together and we always have an amazing time. Why this day? well because in the same way that Tim’s Dad doesn’t tamper with his past, I would relive my day exactly the same making sure that I took every little detail in and remembered all the sights, tastes smells and thoughts. I would then take them back to the present with me and use them to help me through challenging times but also to help me remember exactly what each person means to me.
Which day would you choose and what would you do with it?