I’m currently working with a wonderful illustrator called Dylan Gibson who did these great illustrations of Doctor Who. It got me thinking – if you could get in a time machine and go anywhere in time, where would it be?
You could use it to watch a historical moment in time and be part of it. Or, maybe you would want to go back and tell a younger you the lottery results. It might be nice to voyage on the HMS Beagle as it travels around the Galapagos Islands with Mr Darwin.
I’ve had a quick think about this question and I think I would go back and talk to myself, Tim Flanagan, as a child and tell him that it doesn’t matter that he is taller than others of his age, eventually it is an advantage (plus women like a tall man!). I would convince him to accept himself for who he is and not try and fit in with others, but let them fit in with him. Be true to himself and trust in his gut feelings. Advise him to only move forward and never look back with regret. I would tell him to look at the world through inquisative eyes and learn at least one thing from everyone and everything he comes across. The world is an amazing place that never fails to surprise. He shouldn’t expect too much from other people but understand that everyone is different and will not always rise to the standards he expects. Above all, I would tell him to follow his dream and experience a life that feeds his soul.
Age and experience give you the gift of hindsight. Above all, I don’t think Tim Flanagan turned out too bad!
Or, maybe I would go back and write the code for Facebook before Mr Zuckerberg and be living on an island somewhere bathing in a pool of money? But would my soul be satisfied?
Where would you go? (And would you wear a bow tie?)