Friday, 6 July 2007

Random Musings

Inspired by travelling down the motorway and the Dr Who programme guides I've been reading...

Time is a one way process. In the same way that we travel down a motorway, we live life in one direction. The speed of the journey depends on the driver - some people enjoy the speed and thrills of living life at 100mph, but they will reach their journey's end faster as well. Others are juggernauts, bulling their way through, intimidating the slower drivers who don't want to conform to the speed that the lorry is going. Slow drivers might seem to potter, but they get there in the end.
But what if, as on a motorway, we could see people coming the other way? Those who have already lived through what we are about to encounter? People who, unknowing of what they are doing, could give us a clue as to what lies ahead. We would have to be skilled at reading the signs - the lit headlamps and slowing windscreen wipers showing the storms ahead. Occasionally, one or two would be aware of us, and try to alert us, flashing their headlights to warn of the police speed checks.
And, once we became aware of the opposite flow, could we find a way to join them? To find the junctions and roundabouts to travel in the opposite direction? To rewind time and our journey to the beginning.

5 comments:

alice said...

Ooooh, this is very Time Traveler's Wife! And maybe a bit ChronoGuard...

Really like the idea of seeing the cars on the opposite carriageway coming from the future - their past, my future. And when I reach that place in my future and their past, am I actually in a third timestream, an ongoing one, unique to that exact location? Does my time crash into that one or do I live on that location's timeline for a bit? Or do I bend someone elses? All melding together, and still with messages from the future as people arrive from their past...

Jo said...

The unique place/time would be like the numbers on the street lights :-)
The ever present now that is continually moving in each direction, stretching forward into the future and unwinding behind us in the past...

kingmagic said...

I immediately recognised the significance of what you wrote...very thoght provoking.

May I ask...do you write as you think or do you draft?

Either way I enjoyed the post...

All the best...Kingmagic

kingmagic said...

I thought I typed thought but nought I wrote thoght so I think I may draft from now on.

The old grey matter is going....

Jo said...

Glad you liked! :-)

I tend to write as I go - either scribbling in notepad and copying and pasting, or directly onto the page. I don't tend to edit down - most of what you see comes straight from the brain for your delictation :-D