“Time, travel.” If I saw these words printed at the top of a newspaper article it would read, “Time-and-travel.” But here, the words are separated with a comma. Separated because time moves one direction while the act of traveling is bidirectional in the construct of time. Time and travel both move forwards, but only through travel can one move backwards. Separated, but connected. But remove the comma all together, and the words “time travel” mean something entirely different. We’d have to go back in time to ask a living Einstein if time travel is possible, but here and now, I am saying no. Time still moves forward in our minds as we travel backward in time. We’d have the memories of the future to affect the present life. But right now, I wish I could travel back in time, one year from this very second, with all my memories of that year to guide me in my decisions. There is much I would’ve done differently. I would have done more for myself. I would have asked more questions. I would have required more answers. With my priorities straight, it would have been easier to talk, easier to listen. I know for a fact, things would have been different.
I love travel. I love to travel. I love traveling. If I traveled back in time to one year ago, I think I still would’ve walked onto that plane with her. Not because I love traveling or because I loved her, but because that week in San Diego was the week in my life when time stood still. I looked out over the ocean, a wave would come towards the sand, crash, and fade away beneath the ground, as if it never happened. Seconds later, the act repeated itself. Stuck on the same song, the music I was hearing as we were in CA was something of a fantasy. As the impossible isn’t supposed to happen, time stood still. Yes, if I could do it again, I would. But it would be different. I’d prefer it was reality than fantasy. For one week, I couldn’t talk, couldn’t think clearly. All I thought was, “this can’t be happening. So much good surrounding me, standing with me in my arms, while outside of this my life is still the same, bad. Time is standing still as it waits for me to come back to the reality of sadness and loss that is my life.” But with her in my arms, I thought when I left CA my life would be different. I would stop losing.
“Fantasy: the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need.”
if only I would have been realistic. I would have seen she wasn’t real, that she was incapable of understanding the realities of my life and incapable of doing something real for someone else other than herself. She wanted to be a fantasy, a happy thought, but nothing more.
“If you could have dinner with anyone, real or fiction, who would it be?” “Dr. Emmett Brown.”