I have an interesting, somewhat theoretical, question. This subject came up in a Plurk thread the other night, and received a large amount of varied response. The question is, If you were given the choice between getting all the money you have wasted back, or all the time you have wasted back, which would you chose. You can only have one or the other, not both.
Sadly I had to think about this for a moment. I should have been able to answer without thought. The simple fact that I had to actually contemplate my response continued to bother me. What I choose was time. Thinking back to all the time I have wasted throughout my life, I would much rather have it back than the money. I have to admit there was quite a bit of money wasted also, but I feel the time wasted was more tragic, and far more valuable.
To get that wasted time back would mean being able to correct those mistakes I had made, and there are plenty of them. Don't get me wrong, I don't think we should get do overs, second chances are alright, but not do overs. It goes back to those Five Playground Rules to Live By. Just think of all the good you could do, time you could share with loved ones. Then again, I would not have learned those important things in life without wasting the time I have wasted. Perhaps the time was not wasted at all. Such an unusual and complex question when you really look at it.
Perhaps I have been contemplating things just a little too much.
Tell me what you would choose. Feel free to think about, I did.