I’m sure everyone has been asked this question at least once if not more, and they’ve all answered it differently. Would you change the past if you could? Well, this is my answer.
Simply, no. If I could change the past, I would not do it. Why? Because even if the slightest thing from my past is altered, my whole life would be laid out completely differently. Like the butterfly effect; small causes can have large effects. I wouldn’t have the same friends, the same thoughts. I wouldn’t be me. Of course, I’ve had horrible things happen in the past, as has everyone else I’m sure. But you see, that’s exactly what shapes us. That’s what makes us who we are today. One can’t always expect everything to be perfect right? Perhaps not. Without the hard times, we would never be able to recognize the blessings we’ve been given, and I think everyone should realize that. If I went back and stopped myself from being bullied, I would never have learned to stand up for myself. If I went back and stopped people from leaving, I would have never learned to be independent and mature. Likewise, if I went back and saved myself from being hurt, or from having scars, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am now.
As cliché as it sounds, I am a firm believer of the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Hence, even if I were given the chance to change my past, I wouldn’t take it.
But the again, that’s just my opinion.