Would you like to live your life more than once?
Would you like to live your life more than once?
If given the chance, would you want to re-live your life?
If you did, would you want it to be exactly the same, like a ghost spectating a lifetime of predictable and repeated events or like a soothsayer, telling the future of the life you already know? Or would you prefer a different life, a different story to tell, to answer those ‘what if I had done this instead’ questions; a life of unpredictability, twisting and turning your story to suit a completely contrasting journey to the end. Take this, you’re given three options, live once, live the exact same life again or live your life with the ability to change it. You must choose one of these options, so… which do you choose?
To explore this, News Crew asked staff and students their opinions on the matter, to collect their ideas and give us a better insight into the ultimate choice between normality, inevitable fame and a chance to be a new person.
The question to ask to each person was:
Would you like to live your life more than once? If so, would you prefer to spectate your life again, or keep your previous memories and reshape your life?
The first person we asked was Rosie, from Year 10, here is her response:
"I wouldn’t want to spectate my life again – I cringe thinking of things I said a week ago, so having to watch every thing I’ve ever done again would be a bit of a nightmare. Obviously, there are some moments I would love to live again, but I’m not sure the embarrassment would be worth it! With regards to living my life again with my memories and the ability to change events, I would be too paranoid that I would end up causing things to turn out not as great as they could’ve been. I can’t remember everything I’ve ever done either, so I wouldn’t be able to avoid all the bad situations anyway. To a certain extent as well, you wouldn’t be able to affect your life at first, because a baby suddenly speaking would raise some eyebrows, to say the least. And that’s not to mention any of the wrinkles and rips in the space time continuum that it could potentially cause."
The response from Rosie is particularly interesting as she explores both moments she’d like to live again and mentions how there are going to be some moments that may be difficult to live again. Life does have its ups and downs, so it is only natural that there would be times that you’d rather not re-live. But do the ups outweigh the downs? Would it be nice to re-live your life as a reflection of everything you had forgotten, like a recap of your journey?
Interested in gathering more opinions on the matter, the next person we asked was Paige, also from Year 10, her response is as follows:
"Honestly, I don't think I would like to live my life more than once. I believe that everything in our lives happens for a reason, and that every decision you make is a vital part of shaping who you are as person and leading you on the path that you were meant to lead, so reshaping your life would meaning losing who you are. You can impact somebody's life without even knowing it, and if you were to reshape your life you risk missing out on something that was important for you to do, and that the world needed you to do. What makes life so sacred is that you only get to live it once, so I think that reliving your life means it loses value. Life is meant to be imperfect, so leave it that way. Let destiny play out, because if it is meant to be and meant to happen, the universe will find a way for it to be so."
Paige’s view is also interesting as she looks at the value of life and the effect that living it again has on its uniqueness and magic.
In addition, I also asked a selection of students from Year 11, their responses were:
(Student one) "I wouldn’t like to relive my life, I don’t think. I receive comfort from the fact that pain can be lived through and fought through. Even if I could change things, there will always be life’s typical ups and downs, and adapting events could avoid the once-inevitable decisions that built my character. So, I don’t think I would go back, I’d want to change the future and not the past."
(Student two) "I don’t think I would like to live my life again, or more than once, since I’m pretty happy with where I am now. I’m happy with the life I have now, and I believe that if I were to live my life again, I may make different decisions, that would mean my life wasn’t exactly the same, and I wouldn’t be where I currently am. I’m a believer in the butterfly effect, that one small thing can make a huge difference, so if I were to act any differently in reliving my life, as I most likely would knowing what I know now, then my life wouldn’t be the same. And I wouldn’t be here. Now. For once, I can say, I’m perfectly and genuinely happy."
(Student three) "I would choose to live my life more than once but keep my memories so that I can fix anything I regret or prevent anything bad from happening and see if that somehow changes the events in my life."
(Student four) "It’s definitely tempting to say yes and to want to go back and do things differently, as if I was doing my life with the knowledge I have now, I’d undoubtedly take different actions and could avoid some negative experiences. However, ultimately I would say no, I wouldn’t, as every experience or memory I have as shaped me in some way, and so changing these would in a sense be changing who I am."
What surprises me the most about these responses, is that three quarters of these responses, and many other students asked, would not want to relive their lives.
This leads on to my final opinion, which I feel is strikingly different to the students asked.
Personally, I think that I would like to relive my life again, with the same memories from my previous life. Not to help myself, but I think that a lot of good can be done with one person who knows the events of the next eighty or so years, if they were even believed in the first place. Drastic events could have warning given, protection could be put in place to prevent them. The only issue with this is, once one event has been changed this may have a knock on effect on everything else in the future, so my ‘powers’ would essentially become useless. Despite this, warnings could still be given for these events – it’s good to try and do good right? It would also be interesting to see how my life would change if I did one small thing different, such as if I took different GCSEs, or if I chose different A Levels. It would be interesting, and an experience I’d like to have without disregarding my appreciation of the uniqueness and spontaneity of life.
Kimberely Andrews, Year 11, News Crew