I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.
I’m an avid science fiction/fantasy reader, and this quote by Jeanette Winterson, English author of “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” has always intrigued me. I’ve read a lot about alternate universes, parallel universes, and who knows what other kinds of universes, and I often find myself wondering if there’s not something to what Winterson says.
I know that sounds crazy, but consider… Have you ever been running late for an appointment and had to decide on the spur of the moment which road to take to get there when you’re confronted with just that few seconds of indecision? It might come in the form of which way would be faster, but sometimes there’s no logical thought behind it? You make your decision and your turn (perhaps), but do you ever find yourself wondering what would have happened had you gone the other way? And if so, have you ever wondered if some force in the universe was steering you out of harm’s way?
Ok, you can go ahead and laugh now.. 😀 Just chock it up to reading too much Frank Herbert, Ben Bova, or Madeleine L’Engle. But when you’re done laughing, think about the ramifications of your life (lives) if that were true. If every time you made a decision it was because you’d come to another one of those crossroads in your life, another chance to change the course of your destiny.
How many of us have had the thought, “I wonder how things would have been different if I had…” How about if I had gone to Weber State to get my English degree instead of to business college where I met Drollery? What would my life have looked like then? Do I believe if we were meant to be together we’d find each other no matter what? Or would I have ended up back in Ohio where my family is originally from. Please tell me I’m NOT the only one who has ever wondered about such things.
Assuming I could buy into Winterson’s theory, how much fun would it be to sit down and write an alternative history of my life! I wonder if it would be better or worse!. 😮
I can think of one practical application for this principle. My partner-in-crime Amy and I have joked about getting in her car and just taking off for a few days. No plan, just head out of town, and every time we come to a junction, flip a coin to see which way we’d go. It could be interesting to see where we’d wind up!!!. 😀