An Inkling

a-to-z-letters-iIf you could catch a glimpse at your future would you? Just a little peek? Or what about going back in time to give your younger self some advice? I know I would jump at the chance. But, I’d just want to know enough to give myself a nudge down the right path. I just want a little direction. What I wouldn’t give to know just an inkling of what I know now back when I was 20. I’m sure down the road, I’ll look back again and wish I’d known what I’ll eventually know at 60 when I was 40.

So many times I’ve stood at a crossroads in my life wracked with indecision, self-doubts and what if’s. If I had the chance to go back and tell myself to “go for it” when I should have taken the initiative or the “don’t do it” when I was headed for heartache and pain, I’d take it. I would tell myself to take more risks, have more fun and save more money! Of course, I can take my advice now, but still, if only…what if I could go back?

Honestly though, having my 60-year-old self come back to give me advise now would really freak me out and I’m not sure I wouldn’t listen to her any more than my 20-year-old self would listen to my 40-year-old self. Sigh. I do have to admit I’ve been tempted to see a psychic to “read” my palm or something. I mean I wouldn’t want to know when or how I’m going to die or anything, but just a little reassurance I’m headed the right way!

I know life wouldn’t be exciting without surprises. We need failures to learn and grow. It’s our pasts that shape us into who we are today. If I trust my instincts, have faith in God, stop second-guessing myself, and remember that you “reap” what you “sow,” I’ll have a better chance at predicting my future than a time-traveler or psychic might. Hmmm, now that’s an interesting idea on this day of the incredible, letter “I” in the A to Z blog challenge.

So tell me, would you be tempted to peer into the future?