We live in an age of technology and science. However, it's a widely known fact that time travel is a dream we've not been able to bring to fruition.
According to physics, that's because we would have to be able to travel faster than the speed of light, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Setting all of the highly scientific jargon that we could get into aside, what if I told you that there actually is a way to travel back in time?
Let me explain how I stumbled upon this discovery.
Before I drive anywhere, there's something that I always need: good music. One day, on my way to work, I decided I wanted to play something different than my regular playlist. I did some digging and found an old playlist that I frequently - and that's an understatement - listened to in the past.
I hit the shuffle button, and "We Are Young" by the group Fun. started to play. Before I knew it, I was back in fifth grade, on a road trip to Iowa State University. My best friends and I had qualified for worlds in Odyssey of the Mind. We all piled into a van, stuffed our faces with dill pickle chips, and played the license plate game the whole way there, terrifying our parents each time we screamed out a new state.
The next song that played was "Ocean Eyes" by Billie Eilish. Suddenly, I was a sophomore again, sitting in the parking lot of the Detroit Lakes High School. My advanced placement U.S. history classmates and I had just finished our late-night study session, and our first test was approaching. That was the most nervous I have ever felt for any test. I had just gotten my license, blasted my music way too loudly, and carried my keys on a matching Vera Bradley ID holder and lanyard set.
As I approached my destination, one final tune came on: "Luxury," by Jon Bellion. Granted, any of his songs would have probably had the same effect, but this one transported me to seventh grade. It was my first sleepover with my best friend. I had packed all of my favorite movies, a variety of face masks, and we screeched this song at the top of our lungs.
Then we were seniors, on our way to our last away football game. We had ridiculous outfits on, face paint dotting our faces, and you guessed it: we screeched this song like we had never screeched before.
Technically, I know that time travel is not possible, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to be transported back to fun, nerve wracking, or forgotten moments in our lives. We go through so much that it's impossible to remember every moment, but the right music, photo, book, journal, smell... these things can bring back memories that may well have stayed forgotten otherwise, buried in the past.