travelling through time

Machines that whir or fever dreams,

Or perhaps a portal – a hole in the wall,

However you travel, I wonder where

Is it you’ll go, given the choice?

Would you go to a childhood time,

Or just last week? Would you try

To change something big,

Or would you tiptoe carefully.

Making sure to change not a thing?

I love time travel stories and I’m reading one at the moment, This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub. Something that I love about time travel stories is the choice the writer makes as to how the time travel works.

Does the protagonist use a time machine, or do they travel through their dreams? And then once they have travelled to another time what are the rules that they must follow? Can they alter things? Can they go forwards and backwards?

In the novel I am reading now, the main character can only go back to her sixteenth birthday. She can go back as many times as she likes and she can change things so that her future is altered, but she can only go back to that one day because it is a pivotal point in her life.

It has made me start thinking about what my day would be, the day that could make the biggest changes if I had chosen differently. I guess the day that I quit college and left for London, the day I flew out to South Africa or the day I got married would be obvious choices.

It is funny how all of these days fall in my late teens and early twenties and I wonder if this is the same for everyone? Perhaps it’s time I sell up and go backpacking around the world before I get too old and boring!

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “travelling through time

  1. Margot Kinberg

    What an interesting question, Rachel! Where would you go if you could only choose one day to re-visit? Hmmm….I’d have to think about that one for a while, because like everyone, I’ve had a few pivotal days. Hmmm….Or perhaps it’s just as well that we can’t. This reminds me of the film Peggy Sue Got Married; it raises some really interesting questions, too!

  2. Greg Dennison

    I love time travel stories, especially the changing history aspect. It’s amazing how changing one little thing can change your whole life.

    I’ve considered that when I’m done with all 6 seasons of DLTDGB, I might continue the blog with alternate history stories, some of the key episodes but with one little thing happening differently, and how that might affect character-Greg’s life in the future.

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