88 MPH with 1.21 Gigawatts!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

88 MPH with 1.21 Gigawatts!

88 mph and 1.21 gigawatts

If I could go back in time (in a 1982 DeLorean would be best!), would I make different choices? Would I want to change my personal history? Would I require 1.21 gigawatts of electricity? And would that be from a sustainable power source?

I think that life has many twists and turns. And we all encounter them throughout our lives. At this point in my life I am very satisfied with my choices in life. Sure I could change a few rash decisions that would keep me out of trouble. With more knowledge and experience, I could certainly change some decisions that would have been wiser in the short term. But none of those choices would greatly impact the life I lead today.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

I think that quote helps define my notions about looking into the (my own) past. Life is full of choices. Each choice has consequences and results. And at times, those may not be the consequences or results we had hoped for. But they occur and time marches on. As they say… its stops for no one. Well I try to live my life free of regret. I feel that regret often hinders progress and new opportunity. (as the quote infers). Have I made choices in my life that did not turn out as I had hoped? Yes. When I look back were some of them poor choices? Certainly yes. But as it stands, I do not think I would change them at all. They have shaped my experiences and affected my future decisions. That is how we grow. I honestly cannot think of any life altering decision that I would go back and change given the opportunity.  I mean there may be things that I would have rather done. Like buy Apple stock, IBM stock or win the lottery, but those are not realistic notions of looking back on one’s life. I think I would probably still have some bad hair cuts in my teens. I would have still decided that jumping off my roof onto my trampoline was a fantastic notion. I would have still married the love of my life as soon as I could. I would have studied architecture and moved into firm ownership. Not that I had all of those things planned out. But they were the right decision at the time. And that is when it really matters most.

So although, I would love the aspects of time travel, most of it would be well beyond my days. My decisions in life are either worth repeating or they are not. Either way, I will make them and move forward to more of life’s choices.

“The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either.” –  Mick Jagger



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