Why You Should Stop Wanting to Turn Back Time

Throughout life people go through a series of difficult experiences, which force them to contemplate about their past. During this contemplation, they have the tendency to want to turn back time because they either miss the good old days or because they want to undo the mistakes made. They long for a time machine because they somehow believe it would make their life better and a whole lot happier.

“The art of life is to live in the present moment.”

Last night, just out of curiosity, I asked a few of my friends to answer either “What would they change first if they could turn back time” or “Where would they go in time if they could.” Although none of them were expecting such hypothetical questions, they each had an answer ready: “I’d like to go back to my high school years,” “If I could turn back time, I would’ve never let X into my life,” and “I would’ve never accepted my last job.” But the more we discussed it, the more they realized that there are far more places they would go back to and there are far more mistakes they would want to fix.

Life won’t always be easy to live. It won’t always be fair. You will fall. But you will also get back up. It’s important to remember that all the ups and downs we go through life are what makes us us, what makes us each unique. Time traveling would never solve anything.

So if you are one of those who constantly wishes to turn back time, here are 5 reasons why you should stop.


1) You will never be able to turn back time

Scientists have proven that time travel is physically impossible. So why even bother thinking about it? It’s just a waste of time!

2) You will make mistakes

Remember, you are human. You will always make mistakes. Undoing mistakes from the past will not prevent you from making mistakes in the future. And even if you could undo all the wrong you’ve done throughout the years and live a perfect life, would you want to? After all, making mistakes is crucial for self-growth and development. In fact, the best lessons learned often come from the worst mistakes made.

3) Turning back time would change your entire future

Perhaps you’re in an amazing relationship. Perhaps you have beautiful children. And perhaps you have the greatest job. Do you realize that turning back time could affect this? Think about it - would you want your life to be completely different? Would you want to erase all that you currently have?

4) You are who you are because of where you’ve been

Every choice you’ve made, every mistake you’ve made, every single person you’ve met, and every problem you’ve encountered has taught you something important. Everything in life is a lesson in disguise.

5) There’s always been a plan out there for you

Although it might not seem like it, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Trust the timing of your life! Don’t fight it!

So what is the lesson learned? Stop thinking about the past. Accept past hurts and mistakes, forgive yourself, and move on. In order to live your life completely fulfilled and truly happy, you must live in the present. So start appreciating the moments of today. Appreciate the fact that you have friends with whom you can go out and that you have family you can spend time with. Those little things will make a world of a difference.