Turning Back Time: Changes I’d Make

Cher’s classic tune from 1989, “If I Could Turn Back Time,” written by Diane Warren, is a song that always makes me wonder…

Einstein’s theory of relativity posited that some highly specialized form of time travel could be possible. H.G. Wells intrigued readers with his unique fiction novella “The Time Machine,” a story that still resonates with people today although it was published in 1895.

The concept of going back in time to change historical events is thought provoking. I took the idea and personalized it.

What if I could go back in time and change three historical events?

First, I would go back to the Texas Book Depository, November 22, 1963, and tackle Lee Harvey Oswald to the ground and disarm him. I would stop him from assassinating a dynamic young president who was in the process of lifting America and Americans to new heights and new aspirations.

The famous 'Texas Book Depository'.
The famous ‘Texas Book Depository’.

Second, I would go back to April 10, 1912, to tell Captain Smith of the Titanic that there were binoculars locked in a cabinet in the crow’s nest, and that seaman David Blair forgot to pass the keys along when he decided to hire onto another ship. These binoculars could have saved the Titanic, allowing the crew to spot the iceberg earlier and directing the ship to avoid it.

Titanic.
Titanic.

Third, I would go back into time on December 8, 1980, and warn John Lennon not to leave the Dakota that night, to stop his assassination. We can only “IMAGINE” the incredible music John still had inside him.

John Lennon.
John Lennon.

Doing it again

On a personal side, going back in time is very easy. I would eagerly go back and spend more time talking to my mom. She was an incredibly bright and kind person.

I would also meet my wife sooner—she is truly remarkable. Then, I would go back to my senior year in high school and not have two dates to the prom—that did not work out so well.

This is Tom Cole. He is truly one of the jolliest humans on the planet.
This is Tom Cole. He is truly one of the jolliest humans on the planet.

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