Where’s the safest place – past, present, or future? A recent survey of my brain cells provided some interesting statistics. Fifty-eight percent of my brain cells said the safest place is the future – that netherworld of uncertainty and yet-to-be realized possibility that we have the least knowledge about.
Thirty percent of brain cells surveyed said that for safety, they prefer the present. “All I can know for certain is what’s going on around me in the very moment it’s happening,” responded one brain cell, holding a bagel in one hand and coffee in the other during her commute into work. “The future is so – mushy, I don’t know! Who can tell what disaster that next phone call or e-mail will bring?”
Only seven percent of the 2,184 cells who participated in the survey said the past is the safest place to be, with five percent undecided. “At least I know the past. I’m familiar with it,” said one of the cells who chose the past as his answer. He explained that he was cowering in a corner of his bedroom as he was talking to us on his cell phone, and that he’d been stuck there for days.
Billy Youngblood, a brain cell who answered with the majority, offered an explanation for his answer that summed up the sentiments of many who looked to the future for safety. “The past?” he shook his head. “Why go back there? Too many monsters, bad guys, mistakes back there. But the rest of today and tomorrow – I see it as an opportunity to make good things happen that maybe yesterday, I just didn’t have quite the experience or saavy or help from friends I needed to pull it off.”