Paying Mr. Time Machine
How much would you pay? That was the question.
During a fairly long set break at the Yonder Mountain String Band show last night, I was chatting with two dear friends. They’re married with two kids and living a pretty nice and happy life. Pre-kids, they were a bit rowdy and had tons of fun. As we talked, we considered the fact that kids we knew when they were still in grade school are now in college. We felt, as you might expect, a bit old. All around us, 20-something hippies had been dancing all night. My knees hurt. Because I’m old.
Ah, to go back and do it again, we thought.
The thing is, we’re all just about as content with our lives as we can be. We’re financially stable, have perfect suburban families, and apart from never having to work again, we couldn’t ask for too much more. Going back and doing it all over again could mess that up and none of us wants that. That’s when the money-hungry Mr. Time Machine was born.
So, here’s the proposition. You can go back 15 years and live the past decade and half over again. When those 15 years are complete for the second time, you come back to exactly the point in your life that you are right now.
Sound good? Well, it’s going to cost you.
Upon your return trip from the second chance, you owe Mr. Time Machine a certain percentage of your life savings. One friend said, “All of it. 100%. I’d write a check right now.”
That seemed a bit extreme to me. Although money is far from the most important thing to me, I don’t want to give up everything I’ve worked to save. I don’t even want to give up half of it. While going back and getting to relive my early adulthood in an even more fun way would be a ball, it’s not worth coming back to a life I already love and find myself missing a big chunk of the money I have saved for the future.
So, I ask you…what percentage of your life savings would you pay to go back and have another shot at the last 15 years, knowing that you come back to this exact life minus the cash when it is all over?