questionsif you could press life's reset button, would you…

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No, because mistakes are the best way to learn.

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@mgscott: Sometimes, yes. Other times, not so much. I would/should not have married my 2nd husband. Period.

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Nope. The challenge of life is to learn from your mistakes. It is too easy to press cntrl Z and start over.

I don't want to live in an Ashton Kutcher movie

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no, i wouldn't. it's the stupid stuff i did in my past that makes me who i am today. if i hadn't gotten involve in that stupid relationship, then i wouldn't have realized how wonderful of a guy my husband is, and wouldn't have gotten married to him the moment he asked. if i would have stood up for myself in a few situations i wouldn't be the understanding individual that get why people feel the need to let people walk on them.

still i would like that transporter to deliver a small note to 1990 to tell mom to get a cancer screening.

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No, I wouldn't.

If you change one thing, you change a lot more than what you expected. Everything is interconnected and changing one thing may have serious consequences.

Example: My phone fell out of my pocket on to a hard floor (and didn't make a sound?) during a final in college. I went home, ran in to someone in the class that I liked. We went back together and found my phone. For the next year or so we had breakfast almost every morning. While I was there, I got offered a lab assistant position. That lab assistant job was a stepping stone to work at several contracting places and then eventually my experiences landed me in to my full-time job. Obviously may not have had a direct impact, but definitely would change a lot in my life. I still talk/email the professor a lot.

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i'd go back to high school and actually pay attention in spanish class. also i'd write down the winning numbers for powerball and bring them back with me

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So the question is if we travel back, can we interact with anyone? Do we become our former selves knowing what we know or can we only talk to our former self?

If we can go back and become ourselves, I would go back 20 years and take extra time to enjoy my father's remaining years. If I could only go back and communicate with my former self, I would tell him to enjoy time with friends more. I would tell myself to cherish an ex more than in high school.

All this stuff is after I tell myself the next 20 years of Superbowl winners and to invest in Apple.

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I'd realize I had to take care of physical self.

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I wouldn't like a full-blown reset button, but something more akin to the "Save" and "Load" choices you get in games. That way, I wouldn't have to live through the boring parts of life that took forever and could skip to the points in my time that I'd "save" and maybe change things from there.

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@captainsuperdawg:

The real beauty of save files is hacking them, so that when you restore them, the game is different from how it was when you saved it.

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A reset button is an interesting thing. I regret many of the choices that I've made in the last 48+ years. However, those choices led to today and while today isn't wonderful in all aspects, there are enough wonderful and good things that I wouldn't risk changing.

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I would go back into my K-12 years where I won't take my education for granted as I did.

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@moosezilla: What you said about sending your mom a note about getting a cancer screening is the same thing I thought about doing when I read the question.

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I think I fall into the "wouldn't change anything" category. I've made a few really horrendous choices in my life, but after a lot of struggle and heartbreak I ultimately came out the other side wiser and stronger. I pretty much like my life these days, although winning a multi-million-dollar lottery would be really nice. I wouldn't want a change in my history to cost me what I have now, and I'm not willing to risk that a "new now" would actually be better.

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Yes. Mostly in my childhood.

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Nope, everything in life bad and good has led me to where I am now and I'm pretty darn happy with life. I do really miss a few people I've lost over time. My older brother died of type 1 diabetes 6 years ago and I would have loved for him to meet my husband and kids. The problem with that is, I would not have me my husband if he hadn't passed away. After his death I moved back to CO to be with my Dad and all of our closest friends that had just lost my brother. We all needed each other. I transfered with my job and that's where I met my husband. Crazy how life works out to give you the really good after dealing with the really bad. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, even if it hurts.

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I'd poke my freshman in college self to actually appreciate the chance for an education and not waste that second semester. I think I'd still have had the same friends (and the same relationship, which started that first semester), but a better chance of actually doing something awesome in undergrad and opening the door to a real career, instead of my current situation with a Master's and nothing (yet) to show for it.

And yeah, some exhortation to stay in shape during college too, that would also probably not be a bad thing. XP

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As much as I regret certain things I did as a teen/early adult - I wouldn't change them. I believe that those horrible decisions and early mistakes led me to be who I am and put me where I am now. I wouldn't risk the happiness and peace I have now to avoid some pain I've gotten over.

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There are many things I wish happened differently in life. I wish I could go back to the day my brother died and save him, I wish I never smoked a cigarette, I could go on and on but everything happens for a reason and you just have to accept it, learn from it and move on. The thought is definitely a nice one though.

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@danthonyross: I just want to thank you for posting one of the most genuinely interesting questions I've read in a long time.

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YES! I would have gone back and bought a bunch of hp touchpads when i saw them go for $99 originally on hps site (saw the deal on woot) and decided to not get them

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I have... a couple of times now.
This one is going good so far.

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Break up with the ex wives before I got close to marriage. To continue with the video game analogy, I appreciate the XP, but the loss in other stats really hurts later on.

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@hackman2007: Agreed. As an amateur Philosopher (my undergrad degree, MS in IT) I have gone through this exercise. Take one insignificant seeming event and trace it through to today like you've done with the cell phone. It always ends you up in a different place.

The place you go (or don't go) to college, the friend that lead you to another friend, even events that may have lead to or prevented having sex with your partner that lead to one of you children.

It really is a butterfly effect. If you're happy with where you are, best to leave this reality alone.