Rewind, Pause or Fast Forward?

If you had a chance right now to rewind to a time in your life and do it over, pause your life right at this very moment and soak it all in, or fast forward to a time in your future which would you choose?
I think it's probably pretty easy for a lot of us to immediately say REWIND! We think about all those past mistakes and how we could take a different route this time. Perhaps there's a missed opportunity you'd go back and snatch up. Perhaps there were people in your life you would have hung onto... or people you would have let go of just a little bit sooner. Or perhaps you just want to rewind and do things exactly the same way, all over again. Maybe you want to relive your childhood, your college years, your 20s.

But what about the present? The right now. Would you want to soak this day, this month, this year in and let it feel like it was going to last forever? I'm blessed with a great job, a young(ish) marriage that is strong and fulfilling and full of happiness. I'm still young enough to stay out way too late with friends on a Friday night, or hop in a car for a spontaneous roadtrip without a care in the world. I've still got a "bright future ahead of me" according to my superiors at work and there are still lots of opportunities to be seized!

Or would we choose to fast forward time a little bit? Skip over some of the rough parts of life, but sacrificing some good parts in the meantime, too. Would it be worth it to fast forward 5 or 10 years and see if we'd become what we hoped to? To see if we'd moved up in our career, married the person we wanted to, achieved what we'd planned on by age 30? 40? 50?

No matter which way you look at it, or whichever option sounds best.... it's not an easy choice, so I'm glad it's not one I have to actually make. I consider it all the time though. I think my most common answer is wanting to fast forward. Wanting to see what lies ahead, wanting to worry less and wanting to know what my future holds. But since I can't, I'll choose today. I'll choose to live life to the fullest today, and tomorrow and every day after that. Every single day is a a memory in our brain, a piece of life's puzzle.

30 comments

  1. I think I would pause. We've had a rough few years. The past year we have been pretty content, happy, comfortable and life has been good.
    This is a great question to think about, Erin. Thanks!

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  2. Rewind and evaluate my choices about my major in college. Cause education isn't showing greatness with me at the moment :/

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  3. I've always been the one to want to fast forward to get to the good stuff, but now I feel like i'm IN the good stuff. So i would say PAUSE!

    xoxo

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  4. I'm also really glad it's not an option to rewind or fast forward...it would be too tempting, and probably wouldn't end well. It's difficult, but we eventually realize that wasting our time on regret and anticipation leads us to miss out on some pretty great stuff. :)

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  5. I think we are all guilty of wishing our days away. It's so hard not to do! But living in the present and ENJOYING it is so important!

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  6. I know that I have some issues living right now. I want to go back to a few years ago to knock some sense in myself so I don't have the terrible 2-3 years that I have had recently. Then sometimes I want to fast forward or at least get a glimpse into my future because it seems so unknown at the moment and I am NOT where I thought or wanted to be at 28 going on 29. I am trying to live in the moment, but it is soooo hard to do.

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  7. Could you imagine what life would actually be like if people were physically capable of speeding up or slowing down their lives? There'd be blurs of people living next to us all the time. How weird would that be?!

    I like the concept though. The idea of having control over that time line in your life. I wouldn't know what to do with it either!

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  8. I can't say that I would want to do any of these. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Things that happened to you or happened in your past make you who you are today. And if people had control over their future, would they be happy? Or would they be on a constant power trip? Your question does make you think, though, and I thank you for asking it. :)

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  9. Throughout all 3 years of law school I said I wanted to fast forward and just be done, but now I realize I wouldn't appreciate where I am as much if I hadn't gone through everything I did to get here. Plus I would have missed out on growing relationships and other fun stuff. This June and July of bar prep though, that I DEFINITELY would have fast forwarded; it was the worst ever!

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE. You have to enjoy each moment you're in and live it up. So many people don't take advantage of their current situation.

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  11. I am the absolute worst about not just enjoying the moment. I always want to rush on to the next thing coming up or sit and relish in the past. Beautiful post!

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  12. Absolutely love this! If I chose to rewind, I don't think I'd do anything differently. Mainly because I'm very happy with where my life is at the moment and any changes to my past could alter my present. Fast forward would be neat, but I like surprises and there might be some things that are better off unknown until they happen :) So I guess I choose pause!

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  13. I need to work on enjoying the moment. I am terrible at it. It is alwaaays one of my resolutions for each new year. I love that you brought up this topic today. We all need to be reminded of this! =D

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  14. You and I know ALL too well how quickly life passes by our eyes! Guess that means we just have way too much fun together... if that's even possible? ;) love you to PIECES and thanks for being so encouraging.

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  15. I'm with you - I tend to want to fast forward. To finish school, to have a family, to know where I will be. But I know that can't happen, so I make the most of everything and stay positive. Life's such a ride, isn't it?

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  16. I'm definitely ready to fast forward right now...but most of us move too fast and miss a lot of great things, like you said!

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  17. There are a few things I would change if I could rewind, but mostly I would want to fast forward two years! I know Dom and I will make some good memories here in Hunker, and hopefully look back fondly on these years, but we also know they will be the most trying on our relationship, and I just want the first 2 years of med school to be over! Sitting and moping around is so much easier, but here you go making me strive to be a BETTER person. Jeez. Guess Ill have to appreciate the present now! ;)

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  18. I want to rewind all the way to high school, I had SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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  19. Sometimes I want to fast forward to see where I will be living, what my career is like and who my future husband is (just so I know when I meet him!). And then other times I want to go back to college to better prepare myself for a career that I want. Right now I just feel like time is FLYINGGGGG by. Like way too fast. It's overwhelming to think of all the things I thought I'd be doing in 2013.

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  20. There are certainly some things I wish I had done differently in the past and I think it would be kind of cool to know how my life would have turned out if I had made different choices. But then again, it might NOT be cool to know that. I'm at an age that I definitely don't want to speed things up! I'm good with the "right now."

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  21. I love this post. I think about the same thing all the time. Definitely some things I'd like to go back and do over. At the same time, I am just dying to see what lies ahead and how different and excited my life will be then. I really struggle to live in the now. Something I have challenged myself to be more focused on and really do. I feel like I am always looking for the next this or next that. It seems so difficult to just be happy and content with the now even though things are pretty good overall! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the topic...really made me think about it even more :)

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  22. I definitely want to go back to when I had Breanna but I would also like to pause her at this current age!

    And of course, there are things I would definitely like to change about the past

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  23. This is a great post.. there are 5,000 things that I would love to go back and change-- all the shoulda, woulda, coulda's.. especially when it comes to my son. Then again, I have to tell myself that God never gives us more than we can handle and everything happens for a reason. With my current situation (which you know), I'm hoping that I was given this journey for a certain reason and I'm going to learn something so very special from it and benefit from it in the future. I'd hate to pass up the present, get in the future, and wish to the heavens that I'd never passed the present up! XOXO!!

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  24. I love this Erin :) And I'll be completely cheesy... rewind to one of the first times I met my hubby (when I didn't know he was going to be ANYTHING in my life), and make that effort to know him so we could've had more time together :) But right now? Completely living the dream.

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  25. Wow, that's a tough question! The problem is if you rewind and do things differently you might not end up being where or who you are now... and I'm pretty happy! So I guess I'd just like to soak up the present for a while. Although I'm also looking forward to the future. I guess it's a good thing I only have to answer this question hypothetically! ;-)

    Just stopping by because a friend told me about your awesome blog designs and rates! I'm in need of a blog face lift...

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  26. I was just catching up on your blog and all the really awesome posts I've been missing! I can relate to you on so many levels with this post about time. With certain projects and clients of mine that only last for a period of time, I find myself wishing the time away and hoping it will go by faster. Now that some of them are winding up, I'm bummed that I spent so much of the summer wishing it would be over! Definitely need to enjoy each and every day!

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  27. thanx for showing us such a wonderful information.i like it.thank you so much.
    Estetik

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  28. I often tell Jordan that these are the days. We don't have pets or kids, we're newly married (you're still newly married after 2 years, right?), and we have a fair amount of free time. We're young and in love, and we don't have much responsibility besides paying rent. I find myself wanting to pause time more often than anything else. There's not much I need to go back and redo, and whatever is coming will come soon enough. Great post, friend. Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. Hands down I would fast forward. I want my husband back. Although I fell guilty sayi g that bc I would never want to miss a minute of my babies lives.

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