Daily Prompt: Fast Forward

I have no wish to go forward in time. Why would I? All that would achieve is to bring me a day nearer to my death or if not death the disabilities that come with old age. I suppose I could go past dates in my expected life time to way into the future, to a time where perhaps there is no end. A place and time where solutions have been found for all medical ailments and surgical procedures are so advanced that organs and joints are easily cared for.

Do  I want to do this forward time travel ? Certainly not if my friends don’t come along. Even if they did I don’t know that I want to live forever. It would mean, I presume, that one would have to work until well into the hundreds as something or somebody has to pay for this longevity. I don’t want to give up retirement. I am enjoying it too much.

If I did go, could I have a guarantee that the world I found myself in would be a nice place to live. Perhaps global warming will have made it impossible to live above ground or indeed, I could choose a time when the earth no longer existed.

I think I will choose to move no further forward than tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a nice day with a visit from a girl friend, my customary walks with the dog, a swim and some hours on the computer. Yes. I think that is where I’ll fast forward to.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Daily Prompt: Fast Forward

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  2. fictionfitz says:

    How about going back in time knowing what we know now? My father used to say he would not do anything different. I, on the other hand, would do many thing different. Dial me back twenty-five or thirty years and I am convinced you would now be talking to a world famous writer. :>)


  3. Eleenie says:

    Good decision 🙂


  4. sounds like a young person posed that daily prompt. Yes, I’m not sure I want to go any further than tomorrow either. As you get older, it seems that you accept life more as it is. The need to go back in time to do thing differently or skip ahead is not so much a need or desire. But enjoying what is, is what’s most important.


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