Yesterday, my friend David asked me this question:
If you could go back to being 4 years old, knowing what you know now, and do it all again from there, would you?
It was an interesting question.
I said no, although I haven't yet worked out why. Perhaps because, despite life having it's ups and downs, I don't feel the need to change anything. Or because knowing how things will turn out won't stop me worrying about it. Or maybe because I like surprises too much to want to know the future.
I'll keep thinking.
David said he would. I asked him 'wouldn't it alienate you from other people your age, having all that knowledge about the future and what you'll be like as an adult?' He laughed and said he was already alienated from the other kids, so it wouldn't make much difference.
Would you go back and do it all again, knowing everything you now know about what it's like to be an adult?
My friend David, asker of a thousand intelligent questions.
Photograph by Iris Jones.