Retroceding for Self-Betterment

No one is clever enough to figure out a way to change the past. I’ve lived a pretty unapologetic existence but there are a few things I’d go back and change if I were given the opportunity. Fortunately, that is not how reality works. We are allotted the opportunity to learn from the past, wallow in it or even ignore it entirely. But the best stories always end in one of two ways, by either succumbing to a tragedy or overcoming it. Either of those seem infinitely better than experiencing a mundane and dry existence absent of movement or poetry.

There is no assurance that people, luck or fate (if you believe in such things) will always be on your side. My advice is for you to just try to stack the deck in your favor. I can’t say with any certainty if the world is better or worse for my having existed in it, but I’d certainly like to attempt to make it a little more interesting.

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23 Responses to Retroceding for Self-Betterment

  1. prenin says:

    Nobody could ask for more than a more interesting time between birth and death, but there is a very old saying: “Be careful what you wish for”.

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

  2. pattisj says:

    Yes, putting LIFE in the dash between those two dates on the headstone. :)

  3. Lis says:

    You certainly make life more interesting, Posk.
    I dunno, I’m often of the mindset that I wouldn’t change a damn thing, given the chance. I’ve made terrible mistakes, taken the wrong turn, chosen the path that turned out not to suit me, but…if I could change one tiny thing, who’s to say my life would be better?
    My mistakes got me to where I am now, which is….alive, still. So, I’d rather not go back in time to change or correct anything. I’d rather just continue on, blundering blindly and blissfully.

  4. Is this why the character played by Yvette Mimieux in the movie Time Machine(1960) was named Weena ? But what do these tadpoles have to do with time travel in the first place ?

  5. drawandshoot says:

    Always wear a helmet.

    There’s no doubt you make the world more interesting Posky!
    Speaking of interesting, check this out: http://cogitz.com/2009/08/28/memento-mori-victorian-death-photos/

    • Posky says:

      GREAT link. This is exactly what I was talking about (except maybe slightly upbeat)!

      Thanks for the share.

    • WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

      Arrrggggghhhh!! I never knew about that stuff (the link). It was absorbing, but gross mucking about with a corpse. I wouldn’t want anyone mucking about with a corpse of a loved family member (oh that’s right, I have none… but for my son). But REALLY, none of them I could understand, but the mother holding the baby – that was very touching, that one. I could imagine that was valued. But two people holding up a coffin & standing side by side? And some boy sitting “stuffed into” a chair? UGH.

  6. I think that when we view ourselves through the prisms of our past, or even potentially future successes, that we forget one very important thing, we’re only truly alive in the present.
    I remember the past only in hopes that i can make better decisions from whatever I’d Fuc….. Messed up. Which was a lot. Like, a tonne. Question, have you ever posted these to reddit? Might do quite well in that community as well.

    • Posky says:

      That’s very true. I think a lot of, more uptight people, often penalize others for living in the present instead of the past or the future. I wonder what that says about us as individuals?

      I have not shared my work on reddit. Everyone is welcome to share my work wherever they’d like, though.

  7. Byron says:

    Be good. Be true.

  8. libraryscenes says:

    Boo…you’ve been quite dark in your recent posts, next thing I know, you’ll be writing poetry and then what shall I do besides go visit Carl for a smile? Seriously, another great posts that made me think back to my 20s, writing poetry about life being a card game..dealer always wins. Now, if only I could rangle my cards from that dealer… ~

    • Posky says:

      Life cannot always be perfect library jobs, good pay, kind friends, being attractive and friendly animals just coming up at random and begging to be petted.

      I’ll wrap up on all the bleakness eventually. In the meantime, you can all enjoy a Cat Lover’s Dairy posting when you’re not sulking with me in this dark abyss called existence.

      And I promise not to write poetry without music to accompany it.

  9. asoulwalker says:

    Drive Fast. Take chances.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Well they say you learn something new every day. Yes, my shame – I had to look up ‘retrocede’. I KNOW, I KNOW, but I wagged a lot of school, to ‘survive’.

    I LOVE your cartoons, Posky. Love their simple definition – and the sperm with glasses: just gorgeous :)

    Hmmm, now – “fortunately, that is not how reality works”. Yeah, I get that – or we’d be forever ‘going back, going back’. We’d be like dogs chasing our tails. OHHHHH but we would!

    The line I liked most, Posky was “no assurance that people, luck or fate (if you believe in such things)” – HA HA HA. No, I don’t believe in such things as people! That would be by the benefit of retrospect!

    I don’t really want to make the world a more interesting place, I really would like to make it a better place. But I don’t know, do we ALL EACH AND EVERY have the capacity to make it a better place? I’m not so sure. Some lives are so simple, others so glorious, others so empty (is how I view Paris Hilton, though I don’t know her – so that would be media-vision), and people like Oprah Winfrey who do enormous favours for enormous numbers of people – or like Ghandi who reverberates still, and Martin Luther King – some people are EXTRAordinary. I’ve figured out I’m not extraordinary, but in my ordinary way, I’d like to make a difference, with whatever I have to hand.

    Thanks Posky, for another great post – humour in the pics & mindfulness in the words.

    N’n.

  11. Just to set the record straight…the world is far better for having you exist in it. :)

  12. meghangaze says:

    Perfect read for my state of mind today. Thank you.

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  14. Fiona.q says:

    do damn cute!!!

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