Writer’s Block: Do you wish you had grown up in another time and/or place? If so, when, where, and why?

I don’t necessarily wish I had grown up in a different place, but I have often wished I could travel in time and still maintain my present self. Most people who feel out of their element feel like they have been born in the wrong time period and, yes, I do wish I was living in a different age from time to time, but I would never really want to have it happen unless I could keep the mind I have now. I follow my dad’s logic on this: if there was ever a nuclear war, I would want the bomb to land in my backyard so I don’t have to deal with all the shit that happens afterward.

The same applies to living in any age, I wouldn’t really want to put up with the shit that happens. Like in medieval times where they used to think bathing could potentially kill you, or you could be killed at any moment even by the “knights” who were supposed to “protect you”, or you could be thrown into slavery for any small infraction… But oh, we do so love to romanticize things don’t we? We love to think that medieval times were all about gallant knights and maidens and noble quests… gallant knights who would much rather rape your wife than anything else, maidens who were basically slaves, and noble quests of torture and murder of innocents… yes what a lovely time to live!! (As you can see I really hate romanticism!) But, going back to the original point, I think it would be wonderful to go back in time and experience these times, see what really happened as it were. We all know the victors wrote the history books, so I think it would be great to be able to find out the truth, but I would never want to be anyone other than me and the only way to do that is to stay right where I am.

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