Have you ever thought about what you could do or who you would visit if you could travel through time? It might be you’ve spent a lot of energy on regretting a decision in the past and daydreamed of changing it, or on a larger scale, a time machine to go check out the dinosaurs etc.
Have you thought about advice you might give your past-self? Considered which points you might intervene to try and change the course you were on? Or maybe you wanted to be a friend and support to yourself in difficult times.
I remember watching my weight increase and being shocked by it when my body first exploded from being fit to fat. The trouble was, I had no idea what to do about it or where to turn to find out. Of all the times I’ve thought about going back to, it is probably just before this happened. I would love to be able to explain to my past self about nutrition and mindfulness, to stop myself from ever gaining weight.
“When people talk about travelling to the past, they worry about radically changing the present by doing something small, but barely anyone in the present really thinks that they can radically change the future by doing something small.”
This thought lit a fire in my brain!
I may not be able to change what my past-self went through, but I can stop my future-self from wishing she could come back and give me advice (or a slap; whichever works best!) about nutrition, mindfulness and diet.
I invite you to consider what might your future look like if you changed something small in your present? Would your future self be joyous or sad when looking back at the steps you’re taking now?
I believe my future self would look back at this period and wonder why it took me so long to do it. Future-me would likely think how wonderful and open my life is because my past self put some work in.
What’s the difference between the me who wanted to go back and give myself a talking to and the me who waits in my future?
Well, my change was coming to LighterLife. My focus shifted over the years I’ve battled with my weight, from what foods to eat/how many calories, to also looking at why I chose to eat as I did.
When I found LighterLife, I’d spent 15 years gaining and losing the same amount of weight (usually around a stone), feeling great, feeling crap, feeling great, then crap; ad infinitum.
In the gaining, there’s a lesson I never learned – if I continue to eat as I did before, I will gain the weight again. It might sound simple but it never occurred to me until we discussed it at a LighterLife meeting. So, I am taking small steps. I am making good decisions around food. I am losing weight.
What small thing can you do today to radically change your future?