Saturday, 6 March 2010

Parallel Universe

No matter how many times we wish we had the better option, we are always able to make do with what we have.  I have learnt over the years that the challenges and obstacles of which I have been faced with have not been bestowed on me because I couldn't cope.  We go through many testing times throughout our existence, some of us are faced with more than others, but these are only times which we can deal with, only tests in which we will, eventually, pass.

We need people in our lives to help us cope with the days that we wish our parallel universe was a little nearer to reality.  It isn't easy sailing through life having nothing to worry about, and that is something most of us will never experience.  I worry if I haven't got something to worry about.  The responsibilities we take on during the course of our lives are often so great that it isn't uncommon for one to feel we are in it way over our heads, incapable of getting through a day.

Life is a precious gift; imagine how incredible it would be if there were two of us.  A parallel existence in another universe could be all the things we always wanted to be, it could do everything we planned to do, visit all the places we want to see, have the perfect job, live in a perfect house.  Even though this wouldn't be reality, what would you want for your life in a parallel world?  Putting aside your contentment in this life, imagining you could choose another You.

33 comments:

  1. aaah, i'd be a spontanous fearless racing car driver....

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  2. It really is something to think about..

    I need some extra time please. :)

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  3. I'd quite simply - ragardless of who I was, where I lived, who I loved and were I worked - want a life without fear or pain.

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  4. That's an interesting concept. It sort of reminds me of that Gwyneth Paltrow movie called Sliding Doors. Where her life plays out in parellel universes one whether she found out her boyfriend was cheating and left him, got a new job, met someone new and one where she didn't find out. I think about that in terms of moving to England from the states. If I hadn't gotten married and stayed on what would my life had been like. I always imagine a better one of course (otherwise what would be the point!). I am living in NYC and am a successful cookbook editor. After that not sure.
    But yeah I think there are points in our lives where we know a different choice would have meant a very different life.
    Thought provoking post.

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  5. Me and MadDad watched a great documantaty by Mark Oliver Everette (Eels) about his dad Hugh Everett III, originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory. It was really interesting.

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  6. In a way I am living it...my life here is totally different from my life in Cornwall..we gave up everything and sailed here...we didn't know it was going to be 'here'.
    Our life here is more hands on..down to earth...we are well on the way to being as self sufficient as we can..we live in a tiny village where nearly no-one speaks English, enjoying each others company.We don't spend all our time buying the next new tech item.

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  7. "I worry if I haven't got something to worry about" *sigh* that is me all over.

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  8. My wife calls me 'crazy' for holding the belief that at the point of death, our spirit continues in the same life but on a different plane - a sort of parallel world where we do not know our physical life has ended. It sounds crazy I know, but it might explain how some spirits tend to linger around their earthly home / environment. As to your question.... a parallel 'me' would be a powerful leader, with the strength to right the world's wrongs and flush out corruption and injustice. (Corny, I know, but we are talking fantasy, right?)
    Gary

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  9. Have you ever heard of the splinter theory, Crystal? It's the theory that there isn't merely an alternate reality, or a parallel one, but an infinite number of realities. It's most often seen in science fiction, obviously...one example would be the movie Frequency where the main character has a ham radio connection to his father...thirty years in the past, and is able to save his life...

    But it doesn't stop there. Each time he solves one thing...a new splinter universe forms where his mother is murdered because he saved his father...

    And it goes on, and on until the resolution. Just a story, right? Only it's based on the splinter universe theory.

    This is stuff I think about a fair amount, and the part the trips me out is that...if there are infinite numbers of realities, and I'm even remotely the same person in many of them...then somewhere there is an alternate me, thinking about splinter universes, right now.

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  10. I think the idea of a parallel universe is interesting but I'm all for focusing on the here and now and making the most of what you've got. I sometimes think about what my life would have been like if I'd taken this job, or that job, or if my father hadn't died when I was 21 and at university in America. But not for long, because a parallel universe would mean a life without my offspring and that just doesn't bear thinking about.

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  11. I would be just me, but with my book published and the next one on the way. Everything else is just the way I want it. Thank you for asking such a great question!

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  12. I would be the best stage actress of her generation - like Dame Judi only beautiful as well.

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  13. interesting post dear, well I am happy with what I am and what I have and as long as I have a friend like u I will remain so xxx

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  14. I've thought about that ( another me), the only thing is, it makes me wonder what kind of person I would be if I hadn't had to go through the trials which I have and never had to want for anything. I think this "me" would be a stronger, better person. I really enjoyed your blog, and I will follow.

    God Bless,

    PJ

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  15. In my parallel universe, the other me would go boldly where this me balks. The other me would be more courageous and brave. She would be unconcerned with what other people think about her. She certainly wouldn't be afraid of conflict, haha.

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  16. Yes, this question really does get the imagination going. So many possibilities. I've always wanted to dance like a professional ballerina. Many a time I wish I'd gone to medical school instead. Or that I'd figured many, many things much sooner in life. Any one decision might have changed the entire course of my life.

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  17. I'd be me - but with a non-fractured brain. And maybe living closer to you.

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  18. In a parallel world, I would like to be in better shape and not have let myself slip away from the things that interested me at one time.

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  19. I'd be an actres appearing on the stage in great plays. I would act my heart out and not be shy.

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  20. Yes, C.J., we sure do need those people. Recently I have felt myself in great need of someone like that. There have been moments when my real world has seemed to be so nighmarish to the point that I find it difficult to separate and define the problems much less come up with a solution. So it has been much easier to escape into my parallel world, rather as the prophet Elijah hid from his problems in that cave on Mount Horeb... until the soft, whispering voice of God challenged him to come out of the cave and to get on with life. I think that is where I am at the moment.

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  21. I agree with Elaine. All I want is peace, health and happiness - and a world where there is no cruelty to animals...

    Good post :)

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  22. I like to moan about life now and again but I don't really wish for anything else. I feel I've worked and waited for the valuable things in my life so I wouldn't trade them in for anything else. In a parallel life I'd have no financial worries, but that's all.

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  23. CJ this is a beautiful and thought provoking post.
    I suppose I would love to be someone with no loses...no broken heart.
    It would be wonderful to live with no fear...no fear of being hurt (physically or mentally)
    Have a nice and cozy weekend.
    Suz

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  24. You know I do believe in alternate realities. Doesn't exactly gel with my Christian beliefs, but doesn't exactly not either.
    I think there are tonnes of me's out there somewhere, living my life in a multitude of ways.
    But who's to say any way is better? Different, yes. But better?

    I firmly believe in no regrets, but there are certainly things I would change if I could. The alternate me wouldn't have been mean to another girl in Grade 7. She would have saved money more than spent it when she was younger. She would have spoken up more and asserted herself as neccessary. Her children would all be perfect (physically, emotionally, genetically). Her husband would not be ill . . .

    But then again, if all those things were different what would I have learned from life?

    It's not life unless you're learning. And God knows sometimes we need to struggle in order to learn.

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  25. Hello Crystal Jigsaw.

    I once read an interesting article about "Pararell Universes" in the Discover magazine. URL is
    http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jul/16-is-the-universe-actually-made-of-math

    According to Dr. Max Tegmark, unconventional cosmologist, “there is only mathematics; that is all that exists.” WOW! I don't know whether his hypothesis is right but his idea is very intriguing!! In a parelle world, I would like to have a lighter body which has less density!!

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  26. crikey, well that's a thinker isn't it. I think the other me would stay single and travel forever having lots of sleep and reading books and peeing with the door closed. It would be nice to think that somewhere i was getting all that sleep.

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  27. Well - there are a few changes I would make if I could go back and begin again but I cannot imagine me as someone else. Perhaps I should give it some more thought! A x

    PS. have you seen that there is a programme on BBC 2 at 8 pm each night this week about sheep farmers - Kate Humble presenting. I think I shall be watching. A

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  28. That is a very interesting thought.....not sure what I'd change actually - it would have to be an all or nothing scenario I suspect! Lx

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  29. Easy......I am Elizabeth Bennet and I am forever in love with Mr. Darcy ;-)

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  30. Ah well funny, I was thinking about this as Joe rather likes Dr Who & was looking at episodes with the parallel universe & I was with a friend who is going through her own personal hell.. I'm often stopped .." Oh sorry, I thought you were so and so, " and I wonder wht my doppleganger is doing right now !
    Na ! I wouldn't change a thing

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  31. My giney, all very deep. But interesting. I was going to say something about the young (at the side of me) but it would have appeared patronising! Always thought provoking, your blogs!

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  32. I found this post so interesting CJ. It has made me feel much better knowing there are people out there who wonder about this. I often speculate on what my life would be like if I had gone right instead of left. Funny that. Someone mentioned the movie Sliding Doors. Which addresses this. I would love to think there is another me out there somewhere being the person and living the life I might have had. :)

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