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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Calaber, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Calaber

    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Thought it was time for a new thread on something different. My last one gained a bit of a following so let's see how this goes.

    If it was possible for time travel backwards and you were given the opportunity to go back to an earlier point in your life for a year BUT it meant you had to forfeit one year at the end of your life, would you accept the offer? You would go back in time but retain your present age.

    I'll go first. Absolutely. I was born in the early 50's but have no recollection of much prior to 1958. I'd love to experience where i spent my earliest days as they were back then from an adult perspective. Not worried about shortening my life expectancy by a year because it would only be spent as a grumpy old bastard who was enjoying old age less by the day and probably suffering from a multitude of age-related illnesses.

    What about you?
     
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    Tatiana Russian Gymnast Staff Member

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    Interesting question. I would like to go back 20 years and change some things but go back to the age I was then, not now.
     
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    Absolute no brainer. I would go back to the day after my 18th birthday and buy thousands of acres of land that back then was dirt cheap farm land and today is "the suburbs". I'd leave the lotto results of one of the big jackpots in my wallet in my own hand writing. Then I'd come back and retire. :D
     
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    Going back in time to change some past event raises a few issues.

    For instance I could go back to myself from 2003 and gotten the help I needed for my mental health issues (by then I was showing enough symptoms to warrant a diagnosis). This in theory would have alleviated the issues I faced and right now I'd be a successful civil engineer on big $$$.

    But I probably would never have gotten around to doing the still awesome things I have done as a result of my current unorthodox life course. Restore cars, run marathons, run for public office, and the life experience of working as a teacher an social worker.

    Worse still my fantasy life course may have the unintended consequences for the death, permanent disability or incarceration of myself or loved ones.

    Careful what you wish for, you just might get it!
     
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    At this present point, I wouldn't go back. Currently very happy and believe the paths you take get you to where you want to be. Sure money is great and everything, but to loose a year of your life, watching your kids grow up etc you want to see as much as possible to make sure they will be fine when you're gone. Especially when your life expectancy is 15/20 years less than the average anyway. Everything you change could come back to haunt you, especially if you gain alot of wealth, you possibly lost all your family due to never meeting your present partner.
     
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    uniacidz Harden the Frak Up

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    Theoretically impossible to go back in time.
     
  7. Calaber

    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    My original idea was simply to be able to re-visit a time in your life you consider to be worthy of re-experiencing but with the knowledge and experience you now possess. It wasn't to put yourself in a position of being able to change the future. I selected the 1950's because I lived through most of them but remember virtually nothing. They were years of prosperity and bright expectations in Australia and the lifestyles we led back then seem to have been so different and so much simpler than life today. A thread like this is probably more value the older you are and the further away your preferred time zone is from the present. Regarding losing a year of your life - I did say that I would expect that final year to be one of diminishing health and reduced physical capability. As for watching kids grow up - well, they'd probably be in their fifties or sixties and the grandkids would be married in their thirties. I reckon they would have pretty much completed "growing up".

    If I was given the option where I COULD change the future, then I'd probably select 1970 as that was the year I commenced working. From that point on, I can see the downside of a number of poor decisions I made and certainly would change. Selecting another job would be at the top of the list. There's another one, too, but we've dealt with that.
     
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    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Well, thanks for that. Doesn't add a single worthwhile element to the discussion though, does it?
     
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    I would suggest theoretically possible but physically impossible.

    I would like to go back to my early teens and spend some quality time with my dad before he died.
     
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    As much as I would like to go back and change many a thing it would almost definitely mean that I wouldn't have my Partner and kids and TBH as much as they are a pain in the ass some times I kinda like having em around.
     
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    I would say go back to the 80s when I was in my late teens/early 20s
    The music was so much better back then
    In saying that so many of the bands from the 80s still do the pub circuits now and that is still our normal Saturday nights these days as it was back then

    So no need to go back
     
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    I don't believe in looking back but in saying that if I were to then it would be somewhere around my school years just so I could take everything in a lot better but I wouldn't change anything though (except for the time I dreamt up the idea of creating flat pack furniture and selling it in stores around the world)
     
  14. Calaber

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    When I posted this thread, I should have been more specific about its intended aim. It wasn't saying "go back and what would you change?" It was "go back and look at what things were like back then."

    I'm nearly 65, so going back to my early years would mean seeing a very different world to what's around today. The streets would be full of FX Holdens - the FJ was still 18 months away. Trams still ran in Sydney. People went out wearing coats, hats and gloves. Picture theatres were popular. Think of no TV, no Macca's, no Pizza Hut. Even Rock and Roll hadn't been created. Traditional Manly ferries still ran to the little village "Seven Miles from Sydney and a Thousand Miles from Care" (I'm a Manly native.)

    If you're only in your twenties or thirties, the extent of change since you were young isn't all that great - the time travel wouldn't be as intriguing. But for an old buzzard like me, who was lucky enough to be born only a few years after WW2, the changes have been dramatic. I look at books with photos comparing then and now and wish I could just make that trip. Stuff the forfeited year - it won't be worth a cracker anyway.
     
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    A wise man sang ...... “You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you just might find you get what you need”

    I don’t think I would. A number of things in my life were a disappointment, but time showed that if things had worked out the way I wanted them at the time, the end result would have not been to my liking, and I would not have ended up being as comfortable as I am now, physically, financially, and emotionally.
     
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    OK ..... different tack. I don’t want to be reminded how things were ‘back then’.

    Being told that children should be seen and not heard.
    Getting up at 5am on a Sunday to go to church in your best clothes.
    Long drop dunny 50 metres from the homestead, infested with death-adders.
    My horse trying to wipe me off on the nearest tree .... Geez, I hate horses.
    The smell of wet sheep .......Geez, I hate sheep too.
    Unsealed black-soil roads that were unpassable if a cloud was in the sky.
    Being the ‘new kid’ at a number of schools ..... and they talk about bullying now.
    Having psycho teachers who liked to cane kids.
    Being expected to ‘do well’ at school when I didn’t understand what the subject was about .... ie French.
    Being put into a job that I didn’t like, and could see no future in.

    Then .... bingo ! Turn 18, leave home for the big world, see comments above.
     
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    Not entirely sure if I'd want to go 'back in time' neither.

    I first came out to my parents when I was 18, in 2001. Fortunately, they were supportive (eventually...). 30 years previously, I would have either been cut adrift, or sent to an institution. Homosexuality was a crime in NSW until 1984, and even treated as a mental illness by the AMA until then. As late as 2000, gay hate murders were quite common in Sydney. Nowadays, the LGBT community is largely accepted by the wider community, even in country areas. My teens and early adulthood were quite difficult though.

    That being said, I am a classic car aficionado with a keen interest in the periods then my vehicles ruled the road.
    My current classic is a 1981 Volvo which means for most of the 1980s it was a relatively common sight. As such, from a pop culture perspective I am interested in the 1980s.
    For most of this year my Volvo had a replica 1984 rego label on it. I was going to go to the Volvo Nationals about a month ago in Forster, but as the Volvo had some issues at the time I didn't go.

    However, had I gone I would have taken the route one would have gone from Orange to Forster in 1984, as much as practical. Due to various deviations and new freeways, the route was/is quite different to what it is now.

    I have a fascination with old, deserted automotive infrastructure such as highways, garages, dealerships and servos. I'd love to take the Volvo down the Old Hume Highway some time!
     
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    I wouldn't want to go back , I grew up in apartheid era South Africa , if you were white , things were rosy , if you were black or coloured not so much . I like things here and now . But that aside having beach side braii with family followed by beach cricket , or going to watch Western Provence play at Newlands Park with my dad , they were good times .
     
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    Interesting to see the replies.
    As Sheldon Cooper says above - go back & buy land that I thought was expensive for $5,000 a block and now worth $125,000 a block.

    But no I wouldn't.
    Would be good to go back and not meet my first wife but then that would mean not going out with my mates to get me out of my doldrums and by chance meeting my second wife who I have been with for nearly 30 years and having kids.
    Go back and change one thing and the rest of your life would be totaly different- good or bad?
     
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    if it didnt have to be my life time - id rather go back and watch World War 2 from every side.
     

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