Login   Sign Up 


The reset button.

by Miller 

Posted: 13 April 2003
Word Count: 352
Summary: Would you press it?

Font Size

Printable Version
Print Double spaced

The Reset Button.

We all think about the past. We love to dwell on it, discuss it, remember it fondly, or even in some rare cases, learn from it. What if we had a chance to change it? What if we could go back ten years in our life retaining the memories we have now? What if we had the chance to make things right, or how they should have been, or to say those words we should have said or do those things we should have done?

I give you the scenario. The ten-year reset button. You press it, the universe reverts back to 1993 and you are whatever age you were then. You retain your memory of those ten years, but only you. You can use it only once, you are accountable for what you do now. There are no more reset buttons.

The first reaction is, of course, ‘I’m in the money!’ Well you would be. If money is what you want. And face it, we all do. Stocks in Microsoft maybe, or a few winning bets. Money doesn’t always bring happiness though. Nor does the wrath of the cynical about lucky people.

Perhaps you pressed the button to resolve big mistakes in life. Perhaps your actions in your re-lived years lead you to not even land in those positions again. Would you make other mistakes? Would your extra ten years of experience help you to lead a better life?

Could you use your knowledge wisely? Could you stand by knowing certain things would happen? Could you live with yourself knowing that disasters will happen and you may be able to stop them? Would your own morals question your decision to stand by if that is your choice to do so?

The big question is how far do your actions affect those around you? Do you believe in fate and that you cannot change the inevitable? Or do you believe that your actions, however small, will change the world? Do your actions change the world so much that after a while your past memories become useless?

Weigh it up. Would you press the reset button?

Favourite this work Favourite This Author

Comments by other Members

paul53 at 10:36 on 14 April 2003  Report this post
Does exactly what good writing should do, it draws us into the narrative without the author intruding.

Scott at 22:23 on 18 April 2003  Report this post
A nice piece that asks questions and presents a situation to challenge the mind, I always love short stories like this and enjoy them even more when they are as well written as this one is, well done. I also liked how he offered some insight into what he was saying and offered some rational suggestions in the form of questions. A solid piece of enjoyable reading

Rosalind at 14:53 on 13 May 2003  Report this post
A nice piece of work. It certainly made me think. I certainly wouldn't want to use your reset button. I wouldn't be able to live with my self knowing certain world events were going to happen, and there would be little I could do to stop it.

Its a shame you didn't devolp this idea a little further. It would have made a very interesting back ground for more musings or perhaps a short story.

Account Closed at 12:02 on 30 May 2003  Report this post
A prologue, perhaps? Certainly, everybody at some point thinks about truning back the clock.

If only I'd done this, I wish I hadn't done that. I should have been there. I should have seen the signs.

In honesty, I'd thought about writing a lengthy story on this subject, but it's on hold, as I have far too many ideas at the moment, and enough time to write less than a thousand words a week between them all.

But this was a good introduction that I think you can take further on this subject.

halfwayharry at 19:36 on 25 April 2004  Report this post
Very intriguing. It made me think. I have often wished I had a 'rewind' button at certain points in my life.

To post comments you need to become a member. If you are already a member, please log in .