Memorial Day always gets me thinking about the past, and on this blog, taking a mental journey down memory lane can very quickly lead to a post about Time Travel.
As we head out to the Think Tank for our weekly Philosophical Exercise, I ask you to bring empty stomachs as well as Deep Thoughts. The interns have the grill going, and there will be burgers and red hot dogs for everyone.
We just don’t have enough for everyone to drink, so lets’ make this party BYOBDT (bring your own beverages and Deep Thoughts!).
Are you on your way? It’s smells so good out at the Think Tank tonight…
This week’s topic: You wake up one morning and are told that you must hit the reset button on your life. You cannot opt out because the new Robot Overlords have spoken, and so it shall be done. The new masters have at least given you the opportunity to decide to what point in your life you wish to return. You will be that age again, but will get to maintain all the knowledge, memories, and life experience you have accumulated to this point. You cannot reset to a time less than a year ago. To what point in your life do you go? Why have you chosen this particular time for your life reset?
I have pondered on this one for a long time, Modern Philosophers, and have generated many Deep Thoughts on the topic.
I would choose to reset my life to my first day of college. So much happened during my four years at NYU, and that time definitely set me down a very narrow path that I would so like to change now that I know what I do.
I was so shy and unwilling to take risks when I arrived at Stern Hall for my first day of Freshman Orientation. I also had no real idea of how to go about preparing for a career as a screenwriter.
The first thing I would do differently is take more production and directing classes. I understand now that writers have a lot more clout when they also produce and direct their screenplays.
I’d do a much better job of networking with my fellow NYU Film students because I’ve seen so many of them go on to bigger and better things, and I wish I had taken the time to build connections that I could use to further my career.
I’d certainly take better advantage of my awesome internship. Even though this internship led to my first ever paid writing gig at age 19, I kinda blew it off and only showed up when I really felt I had to go. I should have milked that opportunity for all I could and lined up a job in production right after graduation.
What an idiot I was. Then again, I was only 17 and really had no idea what I was doing. If I could go back to NYU now with all the knowledge and writing skills I’ve developed, I would take Hollywood by storm.
I would also work on my social life. I did overcome my shyness by my Junior year when I became dorm president, but I still wasn’t much of a risk taker. I was raised to play it safe, and that was my go to social strategy in college.
I would go home to Brooklyn every weekend to work in a restaurant to make the money I needed to pay my tuition. Looking back at that, I realize that I deprived myself of four years of college weekends and all the fun that goes with them. I should’ve found a job in the city, so I could still stay at the dorm and be a college kid on the weekends.
Knowing what I do now, I would steer clear of her and ask out so many other women. Having only one woman in my life for 16 years was not a good choice, given how it all ended, so I would use my reset to date more, to take some chances, and to ask out the women I found to be so intimidating back then.
I’d also spend more time with my Dad. He died at the end of my Sophomore year, and knowing that now, I would go down to Virginia and spend my summers with him.
Those four years at NYU really turned me into the Modern Philosopher I am today, and it’s easy to see now what mistakes I made. I would love a chance to hit the reset button and get a do over on that experience and all the subsequent years of my life.
How about you, Modern Philosophers?