Thursday, October 24, 2013

Replay

by Meghann on October 24, 2013

We’re 10 days out from race day!

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That means November 2nd is finally up on the 10 day forecast.

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knock on wood. knock on wood. knock on wood.

I know, I know… don’t trust the 10 day forecast – ever. However, this one does make me smile and I’m going to leave it at that.

knock on wood. knock on wood. knock on wood.

Everyone around me is sick. The weather has started to fluctuate a bit down here (it finally feels cool in the morning!), which opens everyone up to the sniffles. I think life would be easier if I could just keep myself in a plastic bubble for the next 10 days.

I just finished another great book.

Replay by Ken Grimwood

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Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn’t know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again — in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle — each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the stock market. A novel of gripping adventure, romance, and fascinating speculation on the nature of time, Replay asks the question: “What if you could live your life over again?”

I finished the audiobook in less than a week. I always enjoy stories with a “do-over” element to them and this one really made me think about what I would do differently if I woke up and was suddenly 14 or 18 again. Heck, not only wake up that age once, but keep going back over and over again. Each of the book’s “Replays” are vastly different from the ones that came before, which I think just confirms that we can never go back and do it exactly the same.

I think if had a few lifetimes to spare, I would start fresh and take a few more risks on what I did with my life. If something failed (like, let’s say I decided to pursue my childhood fantasy of being an actress – ha!), I would just start over again in the next replay. On the flip side, if something succeeded, I would also lose it in the next replay (like when the main character goes back to where he met his wife in his original life and fails to win her over as he did the first time, thus losing her for his remaining years in that life – I can’t imagine any life without Derek in it – or when he loses his daughter because she never existed). It makes you think.

If you could “replay” your life over and over again, what various risks would you take or dreams would your pursue that you couldn’t the first time?

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