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If you’ve been here for quite some time now, you’d probably know I’m a bookworm.

While I don’t exclude any particular genre from my reading list, I kinda favor heartwarming fiction books.

One such book – Before the Coffee Gets Cold – was the latest book read. (To those who intend to read this book – while there’d be no spoilers, this post will mention the essence of the book, so proceed at )

It’s about a cafe that lets you travel back in time.

Sounds pretty cool and complicated, isn’t it?

Well, it’s not as cool, or complicated for that matter as it sounds.

While the cafe fulfills its promise of transporting you back in time, it has its own set of rules (there always are rules, aren’t there?).

For starters (pun intended), you have a time limit, and you can’t leave the cafe, or the chair you’re sitting on. But the most crucial of them all is the rule that says, no matter what you do in the past, you can’t change the present.

This rule defeats the entire purpose of time travel, don’t you think? What’s the point if you can’t change anything?

Well, there are two points actually, not just one.

First is that even though you can’t change the past or the present, there’s something that’s yet to happen – the future (did I really just give a definition of future?). Even if your present is at its absolute worst you can still make choices that promise you a better future. The future may seem like a far-off and distant concept, but it’s important to remember that the future is always unfolding. Even in the darkest of times, we have the power to shape our destiny and create a better tomorrow.

The second motive to go back to the past is to understand it. Revisiting our past in different circumstances makes us view the story from another perspective, hence giving us the option to change the narrative. It doesn’t change anything in the physical world in the present but it makes a change in your heart, and how you see others and that’s all that’s required. While a depressive episode seems like the worst part of your life, the future version of you is seeing it as a learning opportunity. Looking back on things allows us to see the bigger picture from a third-person point of view, which we couldn’t see earlier because at that time we were in the picture.

These two lessons, apart from the abundance of human emotion, made me fall in love with this book. This thing has made me feel after a long time. Not feel good, or feel bad, just not feel numb.

P. S. Would you go back in time even if you couldn’t change anything?

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