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Green Room - Week 24 - Day 3

I recently had a conversation with a friend where I asked her if she had ever considered going back to old non-fiction/journal entries and rewriting them from the perspective that she has now.

She said "No" and then offered to send me cookies. (That's MY recollection of events at least, and that's the one we are going with)

It struck me that it's the writing equivalent of "If you could go back and change anything, knowing what you know now - what would you change and why?" But without the TARDIS.

I know there are plenty of things that I've said, or done, in the past where what I said at the time isn't how I would be taking it reflecting upon it right now.

What would you "rewrite" - literally or figuratively? (going back to change how it came out/how you reacted to it?)


Things that you can react to *right now*: The Last Chance poll, closing tonight (Thursday) http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/788585.html

Also - the main competition topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/788789.html the deadline for which is actually a little earlier than the first link!

There is also the Home Game for those who want to play along: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/789542.html


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Oct. 9th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)

Currently working on my entry, and I will hopefully get it posted here in the next few minutes, w00t.

I shouldn't still be up, since I have to go in an hour early (8:00 instead of 9:00) but there you go. I lose sleep for Idol!

Edited at 2014-10-09 04:46 am (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)

I see your entry is up! *goes to read*
Oct. 9th, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
If I'd written my original handwriting post in 2009 better I totally could have just used it for the most recent topic and gone to bed early on Sunday. :-/
Oct. 9th, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
I would have magically written the three final entries for S8, Exhibit A and Exhibit B differently, so as not to get voted out. ;)

The more important question is, where are the cookies?
Oct. 9th, 2014 09:37 am (UTC)
In life, there aren't a lot of things I'd change.

I mean, the college and the major I chose turned out to be a pretty stupid decision, and I still owe a ton of student loans for essentially 2 years of studying and 2 of partying. Changing that one decision would change so much in my life, though, before and after, and not in a good way.

I'd cut out my parents sooner and stick with it, but then I probably wouldn't have my son.

Maybe if I'd left my last company about four years earlier than I did? I'm not sure what I got out of that four extra years of hell, but maybe I needed those somehow, too.

In Idol? OMG, I'd have written better Hell Week entries in s8. Although I suppose then I wouldn't have my "novel"? I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. XD

Edited at 2014-10-09 09:38 am (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2014 09:43 am (UTC)
I don't remember a lot of what I wrote.
When I go back, I'm almost amazed at some of the stuff I wrote (usually in a ... why did I ever hit send on that stuff way). I don't have paper journals though.

There's a lot I would do different. But in the end, all them come out to where I wouldn't have my daughter, and that's something I could never do.
Oct. 9th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
About the writing ... well I don't actually think I am in a position to retrospect and ponder and judge and finally decide that I could have done it better ...I don't actually know better at this stage ... best is what I am giving as of now.

As for other things ... a lot of things I would like to change ... things about me mostly.

Some things I do now ... I wish I had done earlier ( some precious years of my life wasted for the delay in action ).

Some things done in the past - I wish I could do differently but inspite of them being gross mistakes I never for a moment wish I hadn't done them for I gained more than I lost .... And I wouldn't want to change that ever .... :)
Oct. 9th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
I think I agree with everyone else. Sure, I made a few mistakes here and there, but I learned from all of it and it all led to my life being as it currently is. I needed those lessons. So there's nothing I'd change.
Oct. 9th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
I would've left him so much sooner. I'd have never said yes. I would've never gone on that first date.

But I love where I am now. So maybe nothing, because the path was worth it in the end.

I am feeling like I might have to fold. This topic and I are not meshing.

Edit: hit post and BOOM topic idea

Edited at 2014-10-09 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
You win today, partly for distracting me from Chem class, and mostly for the Doctor Who references.

If I were to change anything, I would probably insert a few chapters in my life before my children were born so that I could finish college first and find a career, get rid of all my debt, etc. It's so much harder to fix things now - we should be in such a good place, but we're struggling and I'm afraid of never being able to get out of the hole we're in.
Oct. 9th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
I was just updating my stats, and unless I'm missing something - there is only 1 contestant left who has not used a bye!

Which means there is only 1 person with a lot of breathing room between now and the Top 50. (when byes expire)

Edited at 2014-10-09 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
...who iiiiiiiiiiiis it? I gave one of mine away but I haven't used the other two, and that doesn't feel like enough. :P
Oct. 9th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
If I could rewrite anything figuratively?

Well, the obvious answer is, "I wouldn't marry my ex." But then I wouldn't have my son.

And my son is the best thing ever. =p He's seriously this little ball of awesome and I love him.

There's plenty of written things I'd rewrite. I'm actually constantly fighting the urge TO rewrite -- and GM itself is on its last full rewrite. After this, it will be careful editing and tweaking, but no rewriting. :)
Oct. 9th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
There are no mistakes on the road of life only detours along the way. Its what we make of them that makes us.

While there are things that I would have seen play out difrintly the reasoning for my actions at the time would not change and there for my own actions would by necessity remain.

There is so much that is determined not by ones own choices and actions, but rather by the actions of others that playing what if is a useless endeavor.
Oct. 9th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Wise words.
Oct. 9th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yay, well I am a wise ass.
Oct. 9th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I don't think I would. The whole reason I have a journal is so that I can keep a record of events as they were at the time and remember them. Altering that for me would feel like an attempt to alter history and who I am.

I'm not above taking notes and ideas I didn't feel I had fleshed out well and writing on them, though. Mt views on children and child raising, for instance, have changed a lot mow that I do have kids in my life.
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