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National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day: In Your Words

“People like us, who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Albert Einstein

Without diving headfirst into Einstein’s theory of general relativity and wormholes, let’s talk time travel! December 8th is National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. The origins of this day are not known, but it’s such an interesting topic to explore. We asked people around Williamson, “If you could time travel, where would you go and why?”


Whether it’s to be part of a decade of change or relive precious moments, going back in time is a popular answer.

“This is a tough question! I love history and travel. There’re so many parts of history I would want to travel back to. To pick one, I would go back to the 1920’s era. That’s a time when lots of things changed. So much happened in that decade, I’d like to be a part of it.” - Danielle Dotson

“I would go back to visit my grandparents. I was very young when my father’s parents passed away and I wasn’t even born when my mother’s father died. I would love to go back and get to know them.” - Heather Thompson

“I would go back to November 28, 1997. On that day, after going into labor very early, I had my baby and he lived10 minutes. He would be 22 now. I would go back to that time because that 10 minutes wasn’t nearly enough time.” - lAngel Venturino


Maybe you would agree, it’s best to go forward to see the future of mankind.

“My first knee jerk reaction was the kid in me that dreamed of visiting all the past places I had heard of through history lessons, how I would voyage to time’s past, but the more I think about it, we have lived through that time, it would be nice to visit things that are no longer around, but the choice I would make is the future. I would hope wars, greed, racism of all kinds, famine, and disease would all cease to exist, that humanity had somehow moved past personal greed and would move to a better understanding of humanity. That people would think with their hearts and not have monetary value on things. To quote Gene Roddenberry, “To be different is not necessarily to be ugly; to have a different idea is not necessarily to be wrong. The worst possible thing is for all of us to begin to look and talk and act and think alike.”- Bryan McCoy

Where in time would you go? Would you go back to see ancient kingdoms, or would you go forward to see how it all plays out? No matter the choice, remember to be present where you are and enjoy each moment.

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