Time travel and their accompanying time machines have always fascinated me. Most of my favorite films and books play with the notion of time (The Matrix, The Time Traveler's Wife, Pulp Fiction, Timeline, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to name a few).
A desire to relive happy moments, make a different choice (uber short bangs as a college freshman) or make a different decision to see how my life would turn out are the impetus.
I've created my own sort of time machine with my A Simple Question practice. Looking back to what was going on a year ago affords the opportunity to measure which direction my life is going. Knowing this arms me with the information I need to engineer a turnaround or continue what I'm doing.
Now there's Timehop, a service that reminds you what was going on a year ago. It gives me a quick, easy way to connect with my year-ago self.
A year ago I was nursing a relationship hangover, taking a memoir writing class, trying to decide where I wanted to live and looking for my next gig. Can you say transition? I actually love times like this when things are so raw and...so free. A year later I oddly find myself in another transition--by choice. Once again I have consented to lose sight of the shore to discover new land (credit to Andre Gide).
I am a woman without a permanent address or long-term gig at the moment. Being betwixt and between can be challenging, requiring a zen state of mind. Time traveling back 365 days was a great reminder that I've been here before and that things always work out in beautiful if unexpected ways.