New Year, New You?

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What if you could relive any year of your life starting on New Year’s day?

That was the question Jed asked for last weeks Wednesday’s What If?, but as he quite rightly pointed out, it is cryptic, as it would mean you would have to relive every day of every year from that point on.

It’s a tempting prospect, the thought of being able to pick a point in your life and essentially start again, and a hasty decision could turn it into a reality. Shake hands with the little man at the door, nod your agreement and it’s all systems go. However, on further inspection, it is perhaps not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Everyone has bad days, weeks, months, and sometimes at the end of a year there is the temptation to say I’m glad that year is over, I hope the next one is better. Perhaps that is because we, especially me, have a tendency to focus on the bad things and forget about all the other amazing little things that happened to actually keeps us moving towards the beginning of the next shiny bright New Year.

If you returned to erase the bad, you would also erase all the people you met, all the love you received, all the happiness you gave sometimes with just a smile aimed at a stranger, and there is no guarantee that the same bad thing will not happen again, only at a different time.

That said, if you played this scenario right, you may just be able to turn it to your advantage:

  • Ever been tempted to try plastic surgery, save up, give it a go, and then if you don’t like the results just rewind time and spend the money on something different.
  • Relationship going down the skids? Save yourself the heartache and rewind time and forget that he / she ever existed.

These are only a couple of ideas from the millions that are floating around in the empty cavity that exists between my ears.

If, however, you are asking me what I would do, well then it’s simple. I’ll stay just as  I am thanks, there were times it was tough enough getting though the last 40 odd years on this planet, I’m not sure that I want to relive them.

Sometimes the best moments are left as memories.

18 thoughts on “New Year, New You?

  1. Yeah… I wouldn’t like to relive any year. Just because there are always bad moments as well, and why would you want to relive them on purpose? Even when you can relive the good ones. If you just continue, then there’s the possibility to make many more good moments, and that might be better to chewing on the old ones again while getting all the old problems too.


  2. Ugh, yeah – I’d have to go all the way back to age 13 not to screw up my life, and I’d hate that. The next step would be age 17 when I screwed it up more… Slightly more do-able. Next would be age 25/26, but it might be too late by then to make anything really better. If I started over at 17 I could still find my hubby and move to Ireland if I wanted to, right?


  3. No do-overs for me, thanks. I am the bitch I am today because I was the bitch I was at age 13. And it was all downhill from there.

    As an attempt to focus more on the positive (I have the same dwelling on the bad shit problem) I’ve setup a jar for myself that I’m putting notes about good things into, at least once a week. At the end of the year I’ll dump them out and read them on New Year’s Eve.


  4. I agree. Can’t see going back and experiencing things over. It took a lot of patience to get through these forty years. Idea does make you think though huh?

    Sorry I was late, been a bit out of it this week. Thanks for taking up the challenge. I’m going to try to get better and start doing them again as a Wednesday what if? and then do a Sunday silly to make sure Okay, what if? gets a minimum of two posts every week. It’s tough keeping multiple blogs going. Wouldn’t know anything about that would you? By the way nice to see May made her way back.


  5. I’d be tempted to say that I want to relive the year that my little one was born. But that would mean that I’d have to give up the little one I have now, to have her again as a baby so it’s a difficult one.
    I think I’d like to relive it because don’t remember it properly. I remember all the firsts and all that, but it’s all hazy, I’d like to relive it again to experience it.
    I would also then, make an effort to get help. I waited until she was 2 to do anything about my mental health because I was scared. Mostly I was scared because I knew that I could get REALLY not very well and wondered if social services would get involved (which they did, and although it was crazy stressful it went really very well, and I didn’t need to worry quite so much) I often wonder how much far ahead I would be now if I started getting better then, but then that also requires the years moving forward so I could get better.
    Awesome post lovely girl xx


    • It’s a good question, but sometimes even though we think perhaps things might have been different we forget that we were maybe in just the right place. The fact that you got help at all speaks volumes and look at where you are now. You’re a fantastic Mother and you have an awesome bond with C, perhaps everything just clicked into place when it had too. :) x


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