Did you ever reach a point in your life where you had to make a decision that you knew would determine the course of your life forever? For example, someone just graduating High School choosing to go to college or join the military. Or someone who is getting married but just isn’t quite sure if it’s the right thing to do.
Around 1980, there was a plane crash at O’hare Airport. I was in the Navy, IF I hadn’t gotten busted for pot, and IF I hadn’t been planning on going to the east coast of the US instead of the west coast, I would have been on that plane. The reality is, I wasn’t even close to being on board, but when it went down, I thought, “I could have been on that plane”. I was only two “IF’s” away, how far is that? People on that plane were going to the school I was going to.
I wonder what would have happened if I had married that girl instead of breaking up. What if I had gone to college instead of the military? Would I have wrecked my car if I wasn’t drunk? What if I had chosen the red shirt instead of the blue one?
What if, instead of making a desision, we could split ourselves off into clones and do both? And see the results? “there’s the other me, married with 50 kids” There’s me again, in jail for robbing the bank! “I wish that other me had folded that parachute better, he’s dead!, glad it’s the me me who chose not to skydive!”
I wish I was that me instead of me me! Whoa! I’m glad I’m not THAT me!!
Every decision, no matter how small, doesn’t always radically change our course in life, but every teeny decision can and sometimes they do.
What if we could see the results of our decisions more clearly before we make them, would we have chosen the same path we chose? I would, for the most part, because I’m afraid that if everything in my life didn’t happen the way it did, then I might not be me. But still,
what if. . . . . .