I’m a sci-fi fan.
And a Trekkie.
One of the most memorably brilliant books I’ve read in a long time is ‘Time and Time Again’ by Ben Elton.
It’s about time travel. Travelling back and righting a wrong in history to change the course of the future. The twist at the end is brilliant, too!
What If You Could Go Back In Time?
If you could go back in time to any point in history, where would you go and what would you do?
It’s one of those existential questions we’ve asked many times.
As it stands, we currently don’t have a machine we can climb into and transport a person back to another point in time.
Whether we ever will have such technology is probably well beyond this current lifetime.
However, we do have a time travelling technology. And I don’t mean TV digiboxes!
It’s something far more mainstream. Something so mundane, so unobtrusive and so instinctive to us we barely appreciate its significance…
Most of us write without really thinking about it. Every day.
World literacy rates are the highest in human history. It’s something so simple and accessible, a child does it.
But if you stop to think about it, you would realise just how magical it is to communicate the contents of your brain to someone else.
We’ve written and published more in the past 10 years than in the entirety of human history. Everyday millions of us are writing billions of words and publishing them immediately.
Our words will long outlive us.
Our words are our legacy.
With them, we can communicate across space and time, potentially, over thousands of years.
What you write now exists into the future, just as what was written before us allows us to know our ancestors, know our history and continue to learn and grow as a species.
Something Diverting to Watch
The history of writing is a long and fascinating one.
If you are looking for your next binge-worthy boxset, there is a three part series on BBC iPlayer, The Secret History of Writing.
I highly recommend it for an edu-taining watch.
The mind-blowing moment for me was in Episode 2 – the realisation that the invention of the printing press and the ease with which the Roman Alphabet can be reproduced in print kickstarted the westernised world we know today.
When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in Germany in 1440 he could never have dreamed of the huge impact he would have. You could argue one of the single biggest technological innovations in human history.
Watch it here: The Secret History of Writing, while you can.
Now It’s Your Turn
Writing is something anyone can do.
You don’t need any special technology. Just a pencil and paper.
But most of us have a mini computer, disguised as a phone, in our pocket with more processing power than the machines that sent humans to the moon.
You don’t even have to physically type. You can voice type.
Open an new email on your phone
Address the message to yourself
Tap into the message body
Tap the microphone icon on the keyboard
I recommend doing it on an email to yourself rather than a note or app because you can then send it to your inbox to remind you to do something with it. Let’s be honest, if it’s stored in an app somewhere you’ll probably forget about it.
This is a great way to capture your thoughts and ideas as you have them and also to write quickly. If you have an idea in your brain, often our brains, or our mouths can process it much faster than we can type, but unless it’s written somewhere it will never go any further.
We won’t be remembered for the things we thought about doing!
The only person stopping you writing what you need to say is yourself.
Are you getting in your own way?