Would you go back in time to fix that one mistake?

Would you go back in time to fix that one mistake?
It is likely that each person has been faced with many choices in life and some have hade that one decision that changed their lives. There will always be nights wherein your thoughts would just be filled by your mistakes and your 'what ifs'.

If given the chance to go back in time to fix that one mistake, would you take that chance? However you can only change one decision in order for it to work.

Would you rather risk going for it despite the changes it might bring to the present, or would you accept what you are right now?


It sounds really tempting... the ability to go back and have one chance to fix your biggest error or regret but I personally wouldn't do it. I believe that every mistake was there for a reason. You might not understand the reason right away, but through time you will. Also, every mistake can offer you some sort of lesson that you can learn and use to grow as a person. Fixing the mistakes wouldn't do any good for me that's why I would just leave everything as it is right now. I am very happy with my current life and I wouldn't risk going back in the past.
Posted by Mehano on 08-07-2017
I also have the same opinion as you. I think mistakes are a part of our lives. It may sound funny, but in that movie Back to the Future, whenever the character came back in time, he always changed something dramatically. So I guess that's just what would happen. Everything happens for some reason and it's not up to us to change it.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-08-2017
No i would never want to go back in time and change anything because it would change everything today. I am very happy in my life now and I would not want anything to be any different. My mistakes made me who I am today and taught me many valuable lessons along the way. So no i can honestly say that I would not want to go back in time and change anything I did in my life. I did them for a reason.
Posted by Sue on 08-07-2017
I have seen movies about time travel that it can ruin your present if something substantial is changed in the past. One example is the movie Back to the Future of Michael J. Fox. He went back in to meet his parents who were as young as him. When his mother seems to be falling in love with him, he realized that it would ruin the future and he may not be born at all. That was just a movie but perhaps there is some truth to it and the consequences will be disastrous when we change something in the past.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-12-2018
I'm not entirely sure, to be honest. In my opinion, mistakes are good for teaching us not to make the same mistakes over and over again. I think on that basis, I would probably not go back to turn back the hands of time, but rather keep moving forward and take steps to make the right changes to make amends for the mistakes I previously made. I suspect erasing them or rather correcting them may lead to me forgetting all about them and making them all over again.
Posted by lushlala on 08-07-2017
I would like to say that we learn from our mistakes, but I think I'd go back and change my biggest mistakes. We all have regrets and things that we wish we could change. Given the opportunity I'd definitely go back.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-07-2017
gata montes
Having always been someone who much prefers to live in the present and feels that life is way too short and unpredictable to waste - dwelling on the past or wishing for something that is either unattainable or that can't be changed.

There is - without any shadow of doubt - absolutely nothing about my life either past or present that I would want to go back and change - in fact so much so that - although I've had some pretty hard knocks along the way - as well as more than my fair share of challenges to face up to and deal with - even if given the chance to do so - I wouldn't want to - as apart from the fact that the outcome of those changes may not be for the better - I truly believe that its all the different things that we experience throughout our lives and what we learn from them - whether good, bad, happy or sad - is what makes us who we are.
Posted by gata montes on 08-07-2017
I'm happy to what I've become. Not proud of some of the mistakes I committed but those things made me stronger and made me become better. So, I would pass on the oppurtunity to change my past. Plus if I'm gonna change my past, I won't met my loving wife.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-07-2017
If I had the ability to time travel to fix a single mistake in my life I would absolutely use it. I'd fix my single biggest regret and I am certain that my life would be different but better if I did.
Posted by anna on 08-07-2017
I wouldn't even think about it because if you mess up something in time specially if you undo something from the past, lots of things will eventually change because that's just how it goes. And to be honest, mistakes are essential sometimes because we learn from them.
Posted by galegatling on 08-07-2017
Good point here about learning from our mistakes and that trials are just a part of life. As you said, as long as we keep learning from our experiences, and hopefully try to be better at living because of them, then we are living our lives as best as we can.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-10-2017
No, never. I would never go back in time to fix a mistake, I would never go back in time to live again one experience. We are shaped from our memories and our mistakes: we must learn from them, not correct them. By correcting a mistake you haven't learned anything: if you accept it, you learned a lesson. That's why I would never go back and fix it.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-07-2017
I cannot think of a specific thing in my life that I would go back and change. If something unpleasant happened, I learned from it and it changed the the way I did or saw things from then on. If I changed that, who knows what would happened in that events place? Most recently, the only example I can think of is something I told my dad. I didn't get into video and photography until I was out of the house and living on my own. I told him if I could go back to high school, I wouldn't have played so many video games and instead focused on learning video and photography to help propel myself further into my professional career after graduating.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-07-2017
The thought has come to me from time to time but I suppose for different reasons. I think this is one means by which we learn and grow and develop into better individuals. Our mistakes were somehow meant to teach us to be greater individuals and also as a people on a whole. Consequently, going back in time to correct a mistake will cause a paradox where the present and future will shift and both the individual course of action and that of the response to the people and world both seen and unseen will shift in some regard. It could also mean that going back to correct that single mistake could lead to mistakes in the present and future as there is always a chain reaction and none of us live in a vacuum. My short answer here is no, I don't think I would if I had the chance to go back and correct a mistake, particularly if it leads to future alterations that could be questionable and also afford me to not learn from life's inevitable circumstances.
Posted by Joteque on 08-07-2017
Joteque, Your concept of the paradox is exactly what holds me back from considering this as a good idea. I totally agree with you here. If you go back and "zig" instead of "zag", like you acted before, for all you know, you might even end up dead before the future you left because of a change of paths. Then, what would happen as you traveled towards your altered future to learn you had passed away?
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-28-2017
I would. I wish it was possible to fix just a couple of things, not like I did something bad to somebody, but I did waste a lot of time doing something that it didn't give me any result. I wish could realized about that and quit sooner and save a lot of time and frustration.
Posted by reginafalange on 08-07-2017
I will definitely go back in time to rectify what needs to be rectified in order to change for the better what I have now. But my mistakes are no big deal although I'm sure that I would spend more time with the people I love. So it is clear to me that going back in time is more for the experience and not for changing the present state of condition.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-07-2017
I think I would opt to not go back and change a mistake. I would be afraid of what changing it could do to the here and now. If I change it, then maybe I will lose something that I hold dear to me today. Maybe I was meant to make that mistake to get me where I am today. There are just too many things that are connected to that one mistake and it may affect more than just me, so I wouldn't want to make another mistake by trying to undo what has already been done. It is best just to move on from the mistake and learn from it.
Posted by morgoodie on 08-07-2017
No. I made the mistake. I'm still here. I do not want to go back to fix it for fear that I might do something else in the process of repairing things and screw up it up even more! With my rotten luck that would probably happen! :)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-07-2017
I think not, think of that thing called "Butterfly Effect" change a little tiny detail and see how that entirely changes all of your life, I'm good with my life right now, whatever happens... Happens.
Posted by StolenKid on 08-07-2017
I would definitely go back and make changes in my past, not because I have done anything terrible; but looking back, I can now see that there are things that I could have done when I was younger that would make my life much easier now. For instance, I would definitely invest in Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo. Even if a person didn't have much to invest, all of those companies have done so well that I would now be able to be retired and live comfortably, rather than scraping the bottom of the barrel just to get by. I am not worried about things like the Butterfly effect either. Since no one has actually been a time traveler, we are all just guessing what a difference that it might make to travel back or forward in time. It is entirely possible that we might have time travelers here from the future that are changing things in our futures right now.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 08-07-2017
Yes, I would actually. However, I have made several mistakes. There is only one that I totally regret though..Even though parts of that decision were maybe not terrible, continuing to make the same one repeatedly was. All I can say is that decisions are often emotional and not logically based. I am more aware that I am prone to make those kinds of decisions though..and am on guard against doing it again.
Posted by kgord on 08-07-2017
I believe I am the person I'm right now thanks to both my success and my mistakes. Definitely there are some things I wish I had or hadn't done, and plenty bad experiences, but I wouldn't be the same if I erased one of them.

Mistakes are lessons, and lessons help us grow. I like how much I've grown spiritually, and I think that feedback wouldn't be the same if I cherry picked only the best experiences to shape me.
Posted by VintageRose on 08-07-2017
Ideally yes, but realistically no, because there is no guarantee the outcome would have been better. It could have led to a path that could have been worse. In life we must learn to accept the consequences of whatever actions and choices we make. I know most people will secretly harbor regrets, but in time they pass.

We can only act on what we know at the time, and sometimes we make emotional choices rather than rational ones. That's what growing up and learning about life is about.
Posted by Alexa on 08-07-2017
Yes, I would rather go back time to rectify my mistake when I was studying secondary school. I should had chosen Home Science instead of Science subject because I scored badly during my final year of studies. If I had chosen the Home Science, I would had become a baker or chef by now. I have the passion of baking , cooking, sewing, craft making which are all related to home science. Yet, I was stupid enough to follow my friends to choose Science which I am totally an idiot. I would not want to become a housewife as I am now because I do not have cash in hand and was never successful in anything.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-07-2017
To be quite honest I have pondered about this many times in my life. There was a time in my life that all I wanted was a chance to go back in time and change just one night in my life. Just a single night. Perhaps a time span of two hours. Still after much thinking, much talking to friends and much sleep lost on the matter I have reached the conclusion that no I wouldn't. The lessons I learned from that tiny mistake were invaluable and changed me entirely.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-07-2017
Only if that was possible. I have committed grave mistakes in my life. My mistakes are still guiding mylife in a negative way. I want to go back into my past and correct my mistakes. I want to undo my wrong doings. I of course learned lessons from the mistakes, however, the mistakes I committed could never stop me from making new mistakes in life.
Posted by vinaya on 08-07-2017
My major mistake was buying a house on my own, and not knowing what to expect. Unfortunately, it was a bad investment that caused several headaches. One major headache was losing most of my belongings. I know now, if i knew more about purchasing a home, then I would have known what to look out for. I also made the mistake of trusting the wrong people. Part of me regrets the decision to buy a home, but the other part of me realizes I wouldn't be who I am if it didn't happen. This decision caused me to have only enough belonging to fit in my truck, but it did help me see that you don't need materialistic things. I don't think I would want to go back and change what happened. I believe it happened to help me grow,
Posted by GinaM on 08-07-2017
If this is actually an option, I think most people will do it. Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. But I think once they do correct their mistake, a new one will probably happen to replace the old one. It's the balance. Maybe I've just seen too many time travel movies to think like this. So to answer the question, no, I will not.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 08-07-2017
To undo what that mistake caused would be too difficult. As they say much water has flowed under the bridge since that mistake was committed. I have learnt to live with the consequences and feel there is no point in trying to work on it.
Posted by iamawriter on 08-08-2017
I have realized that some of the time we can't really fix anything. We just end up making more mistakes as we go ahead in time. I personally think that it'd be reasonable to choose to fix the way things are out there. I have realized that making mistake is the way we are going to learn. So I don't know if I should go back in time and fix things. I personally don't see how that would work out.
Posted by overcast on 08-08-2017
I would rather accept the conditions I am under right now than go back to the past and undo my mistakes. The fact is that we never know what direction our choices are going to lead us in. You may think that you are making a good decision, but ultimately it may lead to negative consequences. In essence, that is exactly what a mistake is. You think you're doing something right, but it may not turn out the way you expected it. I can work with the circumstances I am under, in spite of my mistakes. On the other hand, if I go back to "fix" them, I might just end up in a situation that is even worse.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-08-2017
If I would have the chance to go back in time to fix a mistake I would sure go. That mistake if I can repair it would change my whole life.... would have a better job, maybe my own house, and I would be healthy on my mind. I really had a rough life, I took care of two people in my life and with all my effort they died in the end. So what is the use? I spend my life taking care of the others but I was not taking care of myself and now I have a lot of problems in my life.
Posted by wallet on 08-08-2017
Given the opportunity there are a lot of things I'd like to change. The difficult part would be trying to work out which mistake would have the biggest impact on my life. I suspect that the change I'd make would go back to when I was eight years old. If I could change that mistake, I'd like to believe that I'd have done everything else differently.
Posted by Gina145 on 08-08-2017
I have made my share of mistakes, that's for sure. Probably more than my share. I used to think I'd like to go back and make some changes, but I'm really not so sure about that at this point.

I'm learning to accept things and be content. If I started stirring everything up again, I might lose the progress I've made and have to start all over again. Life isn't perfect, but mostly, it's good. I'm in a much better place now, so I'll just try to keep moving forward.
Posted by Zyni on 08-08-2017
I guess there are things in the past that I regret and I have definitely made many mistakes over the years, but at the same time, I am happy with my life now and all my past experiences have led me up to who I am today. I think that all experiences are important, whether they are good or bad, and I am thankful for everything I have been through so I personally wouldn't choose to go back in time to fix my mistakes.
Posted by lilac123 on 08-08-2017
I do not think so! Every mistake and every fault I've ever had in life has simply made me a better person. Yes, I have wanted to be willing to do it in the past on certain occasions. But I always prefer to move on, after all, those who live in the past are museums.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-08-2017
If you asked me this question some years back then I would not have hesitated to go back and fix certain things. However, nowadays I consider whatever happened in my past as a learning experience. I have learnt some valuable lessons from the past and I am now a stronger person. I now live in the present and make the most of each and every moment. I would not like to revisit the past. I have closed back the door to my past and I am a happier person now.
Posted by Pixie on 08-10-2017
I have a few huge mistakes that I wish I could go back and fix in my life--God knows that's true. When I read this post, my initial reaction was, yes, I would definitely do it. However, the little bit I do know about time travel theory is that going back in time would, by simply just doing it, alter the future, and I might end up with an even worse, so to speak, future that I have at present because of the waves that would ripple through the space/time continuum. That scares me, so, I'll just try to create the best future possible in my current predicament.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-10-2017
I'm not sure I would want to do that it's just too much stress if you ask me, personally I hold on to things a lot so it means I do not let go easily I clinge to things a lot. I mostly try to fix something that must have happened to me before but then I realise each time I do that it drags me back and people just want to move on so I get stucked trying to do something good I have also seen it in Flash the series time travel is cool but when you alter anything it changes everything it might be a fiction but then it's a logical thing so no I wouldn't change anything. I could time travel just to watch how things were back in the day.
Posted by Westbay on 08-11-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, I think hypothetically speaking, yes, I would love to back in time and fix that one (or two, three...) mistake(s) I've made in the past. The only reason I wouldn't though is due to the fact that I learned so many valuable lessons from those mistakes, to begin with. Also, I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I shouldn't dwell in the past on previous actions. Rather focus on the future in minimizing the possible mistakes I could make. While taking the lessons from those other mistakes to make me a better person in general.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-11-2017
Definitely yes. Once in childhood, I made one mistake which still alive in my memory. I offended the person, who didnt deserve it. I said something rude to him and didnt ask for forgiveness. For someone, it may seem just a usual child behaviour. I was small to understand such things.But if I had a chance to go back and fix this mistake I would be very happy to do it. Sadly, we can't reverse the time, otherwise, i would go back into my childhood, just to spend few days of the sweetest period of my life with my family members and friends.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 08-11-2017
Yes I would and that mistake would be hooking up with my Ex, I don't mean to be rude but it turned out to be a bad experience with her, and it costed me lots of money, but other than that I don't think I would change anything else, and to be honest if I changed one thing in my life everything would change and I'm happy in my current situation.
Posted by kamar19 on 08-12-2017
This is a great question and something that I've pondered many times throughout my life. There are so many instances that I can immediately think of where I might want to go back and change something, see if sets me on a different path and perhaps makes for a better life. Perhaps I could have prevented the loss of loved ones, kept myself out of major debt, or prevented some other heartache in life. Each time I consider the idea, I fairly quickly dismiss it. I believe that everything, good or bad, happens for a reason. The experiences we've had in our life shapes who we are and what our life is. It's possible that changing something in the past might make a better future, but it's just as possible that changing something might cost us something even more. In the end, I'll accept the mistakes I've made and the life I've had. I'll just keep moving forward and try to learn from my mistakes and maybe one day I'll get it right.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-14-2017
Oh! This is a very powerful question here. If you ask anybody in this world the same question, they will definitely have many things to wish for. Everybody you come across daily has their "what if" because no one is above mistakes and we make it daily. Including me, I've made a lot of mistakes in life that touched me to the bone.Some mistakes later turn out good while some costly ones have led to the misfortune of many. For example, I've seen someone who committed suicide because they can't withstand the result their mistakes turn out to be. Also, mistakes have brought gold for others, an example is one of the billion dollar app 'Snapchat' we are using today, came into existence as a direct result of the mistake "Frank Reginald" made. It happens that Frank Reginald mistakenly sent a particular picture to somebody in a chat, which made him feel down and he informed his friend " Evan Spiegel". So they said 'what about if we create an app that auto deletes messages'. That's what led to the idea behind Snapchat. I believe some mistakes pushes people forward while some lead to destruction.My advice is that it's good to learn from one's mistakes for it not to repeat itself and move on with life.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-15-2017
I guess there is no reason of going back in time to fix the one mistake you did in past. Be optimistic and start to accept that everything happens for a reason. Its better to go with the flow and be ready for challenges, failures, hindrances and for those people who will test you in future. Keep moving and equipped yourself with sophistication gained from your worst setbacks. Don't linger too much on the things you want to change from your past. Yet, focus more on what is coming and what you can do to avoid committing the same mistake again.
Posted by rogel07 on 08-17-2017
That's a very good outlook on things! Hardships are present in our life so we can learn from them. If we keep that in mind it's much easier to deal with the problems that life presents us.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-17-2017
Well stated,no need worrying about what had long gone, going back to correct doesn't even guarantee a better present but the best bet is not allowing it repeat itself, one will enjoy life better if we try to avoid" had I known" it tends to set us back and hold us down.Weigh option well before always taking a leap to avoid making lifetime mistakes.
Posted by lovely on 02-25-2018
Although the idea sounds like something tempting (everybody must have thought of it once in a lifetime), I wouldn't want to go back in time to fix anything because the adult that I became was - in a way - because of some mistakes.

Of course at the time I didn't think the way I think today, but maturity / experience is something that only comes with time and everything that happens in life is something valid... But it all depends on the way you look at things.
Posted by wiseagent on 08-17-2017
Nope. Though It's really intriguing to think of those mistake you can go back to and change, all of the what if's may be answered, but if we really think of it, i don't think what if's will ever be finished. I believe All the things that are happening in our life has a reason. Either we have done something good or bad, we will not be who we are today without the things we have done in the past. The lessons we've learn through experience is always an advantage. I know i'm not perfect and i will still make mistake because the only permanent thing in life is learning and changing.
Posted by zheh on 08-19-2017
Forward ever, no need of going back.I will rather concentrate and focused in the present and future.The past is gone and I need to go back there.The best bet is use the past expererience to better the future, so that the past doesn't repeat itself.I will rather learn from my past mistake and live a better life and don't continuously worrying about the past.
Posted by lovely on 08-20-2017
If i went back in time to fix my mistake then i wouldn't have reason to go back in time in the future thus creating "The Grandfather paradox". I kinda can't imagine myself going back in time because of that , but it could be that the universe splits in two realities where you didn't go back in time to fix the mistake and the other reality where you went back to fix your mistake, then its kinda possible, probably? But if i had the ability to control time i would just use it to stop time, it's way more fun and you could stop yourself from making that mistake.
Posted by MatejaBogunovic on 08-22-2017
At some point of course I wish to go back in time and fix one mistakes that I've done in the past especially when I question myself what If's and think about my mistakes but then thinking about it without going back in the time I want to change,I'm satisfied in my progress and current self so rather than going back I think it is better to keep pushing forward and see what will you become.

Those mistakes is a stepping stone for a person to be a better person of his/her self.
Posted by jeiyyy on 08-25-2017
If there is a chance to fix that one mistake i made back in time to fix things up properly for my life then i will take that chance. I will go back and fix back the sins i committed when i was growing up by making sure that i never stole my parents money or other things i stole when i was still living in sin.
Posted by babyright on 08-30-2017
Probably not as playing with time can cause a lot of changes not only to you but to everyone around you, there's no way you can be able to fix your certain mistake and have no effect on the future as there's no way anyone can traverse time. Its really tempting to think of those what ifs and those past happenings you regret in life but I'm sure on that certain time you've made the decisions, you have already think the outcome of it in the future. As time passes by you can only live with or without regrets and accepting the past is what makes your current self who you really are today.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-04-2017
There is a saying that we learn from our mistake and keep us stronger and be wise . But If I will given a chance to back and fix my mistake I will go back I would certainly fix my mistake maybe when I did that I have a better life now. But that's life we have to move on and face our everyday challenge in life. Mistakes do realize us that we made decision that is not good for us.
Posted by honeybabe on 09-12-2017
I don't think I would go back because If I would, I will never see my beautiful kids today. I admit, my biggest mistake was when I met their mother and now we are 6 years married with 2 lovely kids. Everything in this world has its reason and has its own time, and everything is interconnected that one decision can make all other things change. Time is uncontrollable and we all know that, I think that if we ever made a mistake, we should just fix it and learn from it then move on. There is no turning back.
Posted by geloi on 09-13-2017
The idea is very tempting since we, as a human made a lot of mistakes in our lives. Then we wish to bring back time to correct it. However, without mistakes we wont grow. Without mistakes we made we wont learn. Without mistakes we made we wont be matured. The idea is very tempting to go through but it is not good. Your mistakes and past are part of our lives and we cannot change it. Our mistakes help us to grow and build another strong one. Our mistakes help us to learn and start with a different yet a perfect one. Mistakes are part of our lives and are always there to help us learn and grow. Without mistakes, we supposedly aren't here right now. So accepting our mistakes help us to build something different, something new.
Posted by Jenien on 09-18-2017
It is tempting to move back the hands of time and change things that we have not made better in the past. If I'm given that opportunity to go back to the past, I must say that I am going to change the way I played, I would have loved to play more for it is now that I realized that there are so many children's play that I did not do in the past.
Posted by Barida on 09-26-2017
I'm one of the person who wants to go back in time to correct my mistake but I don't want to change my present. Since correcting the mistake might change my present, I would rather not go back and change it.
Posted by Scarlet on 02-21-2018
Nope, going back in time to change something can create a great change to the future and that could be dangerous. I believe that whatever is the past should remain in the past and shouldn't be changed because it's already done.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 06-06-2018
It's normal to make mistake and mistakes are the teacher that will teach us how to live our life better by learning from our mistakes. If I would go back to change it, will it create another version of myself? Maybe yes, but it will not certainly guarantee that you will not make the same mistake anymore or make another mistake.
Posted by vivalavanda on 12-07-2018
What's in the past should stay in the past. Whatever mistakes we committed should be charged to experience and we learn from it. Changing the past would also change a lot of things in the present and that could be very dangerous. It's best not to meddle with time.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-15-2018
Certainly I have made several mistakes in the past which I didn't quite like them. When I was younger, I also thought it would be nice if I could go back and make the change. Now that I am older, and I understand that no matter how, that's actually I would do when I was at that age with that maturity. That's part of my life, and some mistakes I made actually shaped me into today's me. Hence, I don't think I would like to go back and make any changes, but instead I just look forward.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-16-2018
Before I use to do this like I would want to go back in time and fix problems but i realize that sometimes the problems lead you to a better position in life. If I was to fix a problem before I probably won't be where I am as of now. That is one thing to look forward to and to reflect on.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-16-2018