Last week, I started re-reading The Vampire Academy series (by Richelle Mead) and I started re-watching Dawson’s Creek. When you re-read or re-watch something, you notice different things, you feel differently because you know what’s going to happen so you focus on other things and can take everything in in more detail. Usually, when I’m gripped by a book or a film or TV show, I’m hooked and frantically watch until I find out the ending but sometimes that means I miss things.
I wonder if the same thing is true for life? Do we hurtle through so quickly that we miss moments and details we should be savouring? Do we move past things and people that were meant to have a larger part of our life? If we could relive it, would we see things differently?
It’s a cliche that as you get older you get wiser but I definitely think you experience and navigate life differently the more you experience. You learn to pay attention to some things and learn to move on quickly from others. You learn who is worthy of your time and love. If you could go back with an understanding of your mistakes and life lessons learned, I wonder what different choices you might make the second time around.
But all those choices made you who you are today. Reliving isn’t possible and probably wouldn’t make us happier. Perhaps the journey will always take us to the same destination anyway. Re-reading and re-watching is fun because films and books are always there for us to go back to but life isn’t.
We only have one shot at that.
Do you experience new things when you re-read or re-watch something? Would you relive your life if you could?