“What is this?” I asked the Magic Turtle.
“It’s a time bridge,” answered the Turtle.
“What’s a time bridge?”
The Turtle stretched its neck and looked into my eyes:
“It can lead to your past or your future and you will not know which until you reach the other side.”
Puzzled, I asked, “How does the bridge know which to choose?”
“It doesn’t until you cross it,” said the Turtle. “It will take you to the time deemed most suitable.”
I continued, “So, if my past was the best part of life, I will go backwards and if my future if brighter, I will move ahead?”
“That is one way to look at it,” said the Turtle
“And what if I don’t like what happens?”
“Then there is no need to cross.”
I thought about what had happened to me over my life. I had successes and failures. I celebrated milestones and mourned losses. I was able to reflect and think I would be ok going back.
I then thought about what lay ahead. I wanted to see more and to help others. Not everything would be perfect, but I could be more successful and happier.
Accepting fate, I took the first step onto the bridge and continued to the other side. When I arrived, the Magic Turtle was still there.
“How…why are you still here? Am I in the past or the future?”
The Turtle said, “You are in the present and that is the most suitable.”