If I Could Build a Time Machine


Who I am today would melt away like falling snowflakes during freezing winters upon meeting the ground, for I would tear down the foundations to everything that built me. I would go back to change everything that makes me strong today. Arrogantly and ignorantly, I would rearrange days to fit my own endeavors; whatever pleases me that I will do. And those who’ve caused me pain I would exact vengeance. I would avoid hurt as if running from a plague, and strategically erase all traces of my own crime scene. Indeed, if I could build a time machine, I would fill my life with days of sunlight and sorrow would be a stranger to me. Childhood, Adulthood— I doubt if I would know the difference, for innocence and naiveté would cover me like fine linen. As such, my shoulders would not know what it’s like to bear heavy loads. My smooth skin would easily chip away at the sight of danger, my mind would know nothing of sacrifice, and in times of distress I would flood my bed with tears. They would fall dangerously from my eyelids like liquid apologies for not knowing the zip, slither, snap, and thump of a broken heart; for not understanding the crackling crunch of a spirit defeated; for pulling back the wounds of wisdom only to create outlines of invisibility, for I would cease to exist.

Don’t try to build time machines to go back to relive mistakes. Everything you are and everything you’ve endured is what makes you who you are today, flaws and all. That said, never linger on old wounds so much that you wish to go back. What is done is done. Meanwhile, the future has plenty of room for change. Embrace it.

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I write to restore Black Historical Truth for the freedom of all people. Visit me online at yecheilyahysrayl.com and @yecheilyah on IG and Twitter.

4 thoughts on “If I Could Build a Time Machine”

  1. The future sure does have plenty room for change. It’s best to embrace it.

    I choose not to go back in time, but rather learn from the lessons of yesterday.

    I wasn’t built to be perfect. So why feign it??

    Nice post.


    1. The lessons from yesterday are indeed intended to be just that so that we can become better. Thanks for leaving a comment on the table. (Though it is my belief you can in fact be ye perfect, just not according to man’s definition 😉 ).


  2. [ Chuckles ] I don’t think that you would want to go and build a time machine.


    Because, there is a slim chance of you being accidentally being stuck in the past.

    Do you wish to take that chance?


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