Children: Let Them Amaze You
Fixing All My Mistakes or Not.
This American Life aired a show on November 7, 2014 entitled, The Leap, about decisions we make in our everyday lives that to some may seem abrupt and even risky. One of the stories went into the recent Pew Research Study on U.S. Views of Technology and the Future - Science in the next 50 years. The radio show focused on the one question in the study that allowed the participants to answer in their own words and not just check a box. The question asked what futuristic invention they would like to own. Time travel came up as a common response. The radio program explored this result by interviewing, man-on-the-street-style, all sorts of people from children to senior citizens. You can listen to the show here. Go to Act II.
My favorite interview on the show came from an eleven-year-old girl who said that she would love to go back in time and “fix all my awful mistakes”. The interviewer chuckled and said, "How could you, a young child, have so many?" She said she could think of “a lot to change”. But then as they kept talking, she admitted that it really could “ruin things” if she went back to alter her personal history. She said that the mistakes she’s made are really just “experiences” and if she changed those mistakes she would risk losing all that she has learned in her eleven years... so, she concluded, there’s really no getting around it, you can’t fix the past. It’s better to go forward into your future in your own time.