I’ve been thinking about another way time travel could be useful.
You know the “It Gets Better” program, aimed at LGBT (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) kids to let them know that things get better when they get older, and that they should be proud of who they are regardless of how people may treat them? I’m thinking of something like that, but with the use of a time machine.
People could go back in time to visit younger versions of themselves and give them a pep talk. Or they could visit other people’s younger selves. Let’s not get into the whole space-time paradox thing, just work with me here.
For instance, I would like to go back in time and visit 12-year-old me. I was probably pretty typical for 12 with the tween angst, insecurity, awkwardness, moodiness, etc. I was not a pretty girl by any means, and it didn’t help that I wore thick glasses, I was chubby, and I was a full head taller than everyone else in my class. And I played Dungeons & Dragons. You get the picture.
So I want to go back to 1980 and have a heart-to-heart chat with 12-year-old me. Without giving her any spoilers, I want to tell her that it gets better. I’d tell her, “You know what, honey, there’s nothing wrong with you. Don’t pay attention to people who give you a hard time, or pass judgment on you, or tease you. They’re wrong. It’s not you, it’s them. And trust me, you’ll be just fine.”
I want to warn her that there are people out there who are not mentally healthy, and that what they say and do is not a reflection on her. I want to remind her that she shouldn’t waste her time with anyone who doesn’t do right by her—as a friend or more than a friend. I want to let her know that there are nice things in store for her. I want to tell her about Mr. Weebles and what an awesome guy he is. Of course, I wouldn’t tell her that she won’t meet him for a really long time, because that would just bum her/me out. And I want her to know that she won’t spend the rest of her life feeling the way she does at the age of 12.
Although truthfully, I miss Dungeons & Dragons.