The second act of the 11/7/14 edition of "This American Life" focused on a concept that I've found fascinating for a long while: time-travel, and listening to it only ignited the flames of my passion (or obsession, if you will) to peak levels.
As a kid, the moment I laid my myopic eyes on the quintessential time-travel movie Back to the Future, I knew that I was forever hooked. I couldn't stop thinking about what it would be like to take the DeLorean for a spin and speed along the rocky road that we call the space-time continuum, taking in the various sights and sounds of past periods of history and sneaking peeks at what's yet to come.
However, now that I'm older and (slightly) more grounded on the subject, I realize that while time-travel remains an exciting prospect, it also can be very dangerous and restricting when it comes to what you can and cannot do when visiting another time period.
For example, any form of interaction with my past self/other people or altering events would be out of the question, as the even slightest changes made to the past could lead to a drastically different present and future for more than just myself (As seen when Biff stole the 2015 Sports Almanac in BTTF, Part 2).
Altering the future, on the other hand, wouldn't be as catastrophic due to the fact that, well, the future hasn't been written. So if I were to travel to the year 2025 to see what I'm up to around then, and in true Jaylyn fashion I knock over a glass of soda or something, I wouldn't have to worry about returning to 2014 and noticing that the world is being overtaken by mutant frogs or anything in that vein. (Although it could cause some sort of weird paradox... thing, and that wouldn't be very good either.)
With all of that being said, maybe my obsession with time-travel is more of a "love-hate relationship" kind of thing. There are various possibilities that could come with it, but at the same time, the amount of limitations it imposes only allows the traveler to be an observer. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but in the words of Scott Pilgrim, that's kind of "booorrrinnngggg". Despite that fact, it's probably for the best.
As much as I'd love to go back and give myself helpful advice like "Don't cut your own hair with a rusty pair of scissors", or "Start saving money for college at an early age", and even "Don't go see The Last Airbender in theaters", experiencing the consequences (some good, some bad) has been beneficial to forming the kind of person that I am today. I kind of like who I am, and I don't really plan on changing any time soon, so I guess I'll have to live with the realities of my fantasy.
That doesn't mean I won't be the first person in line if society ever figures out a way to make time-travel work. The Hoverboard is slowly making progress into existence, so who knows? A real life flux capacitor could be on it's way as well.