I wish I knew how to climb into storybooks and try on different life.

Could I be like Nora in The Midnight Library and see what would have happened if I had made different choices. What if I had stayed in archaeology? What if I stayed in Durango, Colorado? What if I had had children? and so on.Β 

If you haven’t read The Midnight Library, then perhaps you’ve seen Lost in Austen where the protagonist finds herself as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. That could be highly entertaining; although, I’d probably choose something sci-fi or fantasy like Middle Earth or the Grishaverse.

Speaking of science fiction, time travel would be another thing I wish I could do. Would you travel forward or backwards in time? I’d like to see ahead about 50-100 years, or even farther in the future!

And lastly, I wish I knew how to teleport like in Star Trek. You know someone is working on this, but man, oh, man, traveling would be a snap! I like seeing new places, but I hate flying! But I don’t want the teleportation machine to be experimental like in The Fly. Yikes. I still have nightmares about that.

10 replies on “What is something you wish you knew how to do?

  1. I’m right there with you re: teleportation. I would love to pop into one of my favorite cities for the day, have lunch with friends and/or visit a museum, and pop on back. Especially as air travel becomes so less enjoyable. I used to want to (and still wouldn’t mind) visiting Fantasy Island and having Mr. Roarke send me back in time to visit my great-grandfather when he was younger. I knew and loved him when I was little, but sadly he passed away when I was about seven. I would love to have the opportunity to speak French with him and his father. I also wish I knew how to play guitar, which would be totally possible were I not so callus- and practice-averse. Le sigh.

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    1. πŸ˜€ I love your answers. Fantasy Island. OMG. I used to watch that show. Heh, heh.

      It would be so great to visit friends by teleport, right? I feel like I need to do some great trip across North America to hit them all… and that’s just that continent.

      And I wish I could play an instrument and sing and speak another language fluently. Maybe in the next life πŸ˜‰

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  2. I like your creativity in this answer, but teleportation? No way. Your body is disintegrated and reassembled with different bits. That just seems like self-immolation with extra steps. I’m good with public transport. 😁

    I would love to time travel, but without you’d really need a language/custom modular. The way they spoke in the 50’s was different than today and even more the further back you go, and I would travel back to Rome. Can you imagine and not knowing how to do a single thing — even how they used the toilet back in Rome was different (think sea shells for toilet paper or a sea sponge on a stick) — and trying to communicate?

    So what country would you want to travel BACK into to? As a woman…there are considerations. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I’m not interested in hanging out – hahahaha. And that’s why I specifically said, I’d like to see the future. (I’m a fan of modern medicine, thank you)

      But it’s interesting how we interpret these things. I don’t see myself interacting with the locals AT ALL. I just want to see what’s coming up for humanity. A curiosity, nothing more.

      But if I was to go to back, I’d like to simply observe, to see how much we got history right or wrong. But if I had to spend time there I’d like to be in nature. And that might seem like a strange answer, but I miss the great outdoors, clean, pristine — maybe I’d go see the dinosaurs. πŸ˜‰

      I think by the time they get teleportation figured out, we could trust the science, right? πŸ˜›

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      1. Teleportation is a hot topic. Either we die and be remade or we simply move locations — there are some really mind bending discussion on it online.

        Seeing Dr. Pulaski (on Star Trek Next Generations) refuse to use them made me think about ’em differently. I am not in that big of a hurry. 😁

        So you wanna go back in time in some kind of invisibility suit? You’d be like a ghost, causing panic as you bumped into things and left footprints. πŸŽƒ

        Me? I want the attention if I’m going back. Comparatively, I’d appear like royalty to whichever era I travel back to and I would use that to my advantage. But I’d totally be going back for the FOOD. I’m not saying it’d be necessarily better, but it’d be so different to what we have today. A carrot then and now are different species all together, for example. And who wouldn’t want to eat at a royal feast?

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      2. I didn’t know that teleportation was such a hot topic. πŸ˜€ And you might not be in a hurry now, but but as you get older, you feel like time is running out and you want to get things done. πŸ˜›

        Hmmm. For the food, eh? Yeah, maybe. Cleaner, less hybrids, and pesticides, etc. Very interesting!

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  3. Trying different lives sounds fun! I’ve been fascinated to learn about other people’s upbringing and their lives. I think time travel can happen by traveling to certain parts of the U.S. as well as by traveling to different countries.

    Of the life impositions, I’ve never come across anything serious and harmful in the home, such as domestic violence, which happens more than we think. What does the teleporter do in this case?

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    1. A teleportation machine like on Star Trek allows people and objects to teleport, that is, move from one place to another through fancy science. It’s all theory and speculation as far as I know.

      True, sometimes traveling to another place can remind us of our own culture’s trajectory. πŸ™‚

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  4. Yes, to teleportation! So much easier to travel; it would be wonderful to visit family without having to take an extra four days just for travel.
    Also, I wonder if we had teleportation if the pandemic would have spread less or more quickly? πŸ€”

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    1. There’s no doubt that air travel helps viruses and such to spread faster. I suppose if you teleport and you’re not in a tin can with hundreds of others, that could be better, but who knows?

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