What would you do if you could go back in time and alter your experience?

For the past few days, we have been con­duct­ing some­thing like a sur­vey, ask­ing peo­ple if they would do any­thing dif­fer­ent if the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go back in time and alter their expe­ri­ence was pre­sent­ed to them. Some of the most com­mon things we heard that we are going to share in this post.

Some would stop them­selves from mak­ing the same mis­takes twice. Oth­ers would undo all the things they did and just start over, with the knowl­edge they now pos­sess. Oth­ers still would go back and tell their younger selves how impor­tant it was to be kind. What do you think you would do if you could go back in time and alter your experience?

Of course, if I could get to go back in time and alter my expe­ri­ence, I would take the mon­ey I have earned, to the past, and start a busi­ness there.

-Kane Ster­ling (Just one of the 20+ peo­ple we surveyed)

Now, let’s go deep into the top­ic, and know what these peo­ple would do if they could get go back in time and alter their experience.

Cait­lyn Rose, 27 — Well, I’d make sure I learned every­thing that I could about the things I had inter­est while grow­ing up. I would­n’t go on talk­ing to peo­ple who were rude or mean to me, because PERSONALLY, it brought out the worst in me. If I had noticed my taste in music, clothes and ani­mals ear­li­er on, and then start­ed to devel­op a bet­ter under­stand­ing of those things, maybe my child­hood would have been better.

Vio­let Hem­s­ley, 20 — Well the first thing that comes to mind is that I would get some­one a job if they could­n’t find one. I’d try and give as much sup­port as pos­si­ble when peo­ple are strug­gling or going through issues such as ill­ness or death. I would also have a big­ger sense of opti­mism because I know life isn’t easy, but that it’s still so worth it.

Craig Smith, 35 — I’d prob­a­bly just go back and try to be the most polite per­son pos­si­ble. I nev­er learned the impor­tance of being a polite per­son and it has neg­a­tive­ly impact­ed my life in many ways.

Liam Har­ri­son, 67 — For me, it’s rather sim­ple actu­al­ly. I’d get myself into a good school/job that I actu­al­ly real­ly enjoyed right out of high school, which would have meant get­ting some extra tuition when I was younger. This was the biggest mis­take I ever made.

Katherin Kel­ly, 21 — Essen­tial­ly I would go back and tell myself to be less intro­vert­ed, and then try and push myself out of my com­fort zone more. This way I’d have more con­fi­dence in what I like, what I’m good at, and make friends easily.

Katey Sul­li­van, 31 — I’d have more con­fi­dence grow­ing up. I’d also talk to peo­ple more and ask ques­tions about things that inter­est me, rather than peo­ple assum­ing I know every­thing because of my age.

Kel­ly Park­er, 19 — I would try and make the best deci­sions for my future based on what I want­ed to do when I grew up. It’s obvi­ous that some deci­sions are made eas­i­er if you know what you want to be when you grow up. For exam­ple, see if your school is good or not so good depend­ing on how it affects your future career choic­es (e.g., would you like to get into business/engineering or arts? Would it be bet­ter if your school was in a dif­fer­ent area? etc.).

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Tom Hazle­wood, 22 — If I could go back in time and alter my expe­ri­ence, I would take a loan and buy Bitcoin.

Ben­jamin Wat­son, 25 — I would win mil­lions by bet­ting on match­es I already know.

Joel St. John, 21 — I would prob­a­bly just do more in my free time to help peo­ple who were less for­tu­nate than myself. I would try and make the world a bet­ter place and maybe even buy a house and a car because I know how dif­fi­cult it is to find both these things.

Bran­don White, 25 — When I was younger, I always want­ed to learn how to play gui­tar and I just nev­er got around to it. Once col­lege came around, all my friends who were old­er than me were already in bands so they had the skill set but nev­er did any­thing with them… so I would take some gui­tar lessons and start a band.

David Wal­ters, 38 — Well… It’s dif­fi­cult to say real­ly. I would­n’t change any­thing that hap­pened to me. But I would like to have more infor­ma­tion before I made cer­tain deci­sions (rela­tion­ships for exam­ple), so that my life would not be as dif­fi­cult as it is now.

Sara Steele, 34 — I think if I could go back in time and change things, it would be all about try­ing to be more kind. You see so many peo­ple unhap­py because they don’t think they’re doing enough. Or, they aren’t good enough at some­thing and this mind­set has impact­ed their whole lives- it’s not good. If I could change any­thing, it would be that.

Kim­ber­ly Har­grove, 28 — I would spend every minute of my day try­ing to make each and every per­son as hap­py as they pos­si­bly I could. What a dif­fer­ence a kind word or two or part of fun­ny sto­ry can make to some­one’s day! It’s obvi­ous peo­ple do this, but in the best way pos­si­ble. There’s real­ly no time for them to even think about the fact that you’re doing it, you just do it and then you think “ahh well what did I ever do?!?!” Of course we all want to leave a pos­i­tive impres­sion — I know that’s why we put things like ‘thank you’ stick­ers on things like the gas pump. In this way, I would uti­lize the oppor­tu­ni­ty of going back in time and alter­ing my expe­ri­ence to the most extent.


Some­times though, it’s the small­est things that can real­ly do a lot — it’s almost like if you’re just being your­self it hap­pens auto­mat­i­cal­ly! When I was younger, I let oth­er peo­ple push me around and use me for their own good. I did­n’t know how to stand up for myself or say no when some­thing was­n’t right. If i could go back and change the way I was brought up, I would have been more sure of who I am as per­son and that would bet­ter me in so many ways.

Wendy McWhirter, 23 — Well… I would­n’t stand up for myself when I should have and I would­n’t push myself past my lim­its. Also, I would make sure to do what was right instead of what was easy.

Emma Smith, 25 — If I could go back in time, I’d learn how to be a bet­ter lis­ten­er and not be so closed off in peo­ple’s lives. Know­ing how to talk is one thing but it’s also just know­ing how to lis­ten and give some­one the space they need.

Joey Kale­niec, 23 — In my past life, the year 2000 hap­pened because I did­n’t believe peo­ple in their 20s could get every­thing they want­ed out of life. I trust­ed peo­ple when they said they knew the right thing to do and I fol­lowed a path that made me unhap­py. If I could go back in time, I would start my own busi­ness in some­thing I loved and put more effort into it.

Jonathan Coop­er, 27 — More skill at foot­ball is what I would change about my past life. Mak­ing sure that I was play­ing at the big clubs like Celtic or Rangers instead of play­ing for Bury and nev­er get­ting a chance at the top level.

Kane Ster­ling, 33 - Of course, if I could get to go back in time and alter my expe­ri­ence, I would take the mon­ey I have earned, to the past, and start a busi­ness there.

The team of Nutsel.com had per­formed this infor­mal survey.

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