A Loving Reality

7 Jan

I had a medical procedure that required going under anesthesia. Before all of the action took place, I was looking out the window. Cars and trucks were going down the interstate. Flags were flying in the wind. The world was moving as I sat with tube and wires hooked to me.

Then, a scenario formulated in my mind. What if someone was put under anesthesia and they woke up in an alternate reality. Not one of those realities where the world is turned upside down. I mean an alternate reality with changes that are not immediately noticeable.Flag

A flag with 53 stars.

20-wheelers instead of 18-wheelers.

As the person goes along for a few days, they begin to notice these slight differences and realize that they add up to one big alternate reality. I am sure there are Twilight Zone and Star Trek episodes that deal with such things.

May years ago, I started writing a story about a guy who had a wreck and ended up in a coma. When he woke up, his life was completely different from the one he remembered. He was totally confused and had to figure out what was going on. Was this his real life? Was he still in a coma? Were the memories he thought were real only figments of his broken imagination?

I never finished that story. Other things in life gobbled up the time, and I put it away for a while. You know how it is when that happens. The thing you put away is lost forever.

There was a time in my life when I wished I could transfer to an alternate reality. I was lost in a lot of ways and was in psychological shambles. I no longer wish for alternate realities because this reality is the one I want.

When I woke up, they called my wife into the room, and she was by my side when the doctor came in for his consultation. She has spent the rest of the day taking care of me.

I am happy with this reality because I am loved, and there is nothing more real than that.

10 Responses to “A Loving Reality”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 8, 2015 at 00:02 #

    I want to travel in time … but I want to take my husband with me 🙂

  2. Marilyn Armstrong January 8, 2015 at 00:02 #

    I’m gathering that everything came out okay, right? Because you wouldn’t be writing about it so happily otherwise. Sorry about hitting send quite so quickly!

    • Rick January 8, 2015 at 00:04 #

      Time travel would be super awesome. Yes, everything went well. It wasn’t anything serious. Thanks for asking.

  3. shutterbugshea January 8, 2015 at 00:46 #

    I believe each day we choose our own reality…our thoughts are powerful thing!!!
    I am very happy for you to have found your ideal world for love is what we all seek and it is what we must learn to give.
    The only important things in life are the ones that love you back..😀.

    • Rick January 8, 2015 at 01:09 #

      I think all of the decisions we make – both wrong and right – bring us to where we are. I hope everyone finds that good place to be.

  4. DyingNote January 8, 2015 at 04:29 #

    There was some such thing in the movie Captain America : The First Avenger. Not an alternate reality but one that skipped a few decades.

    I hope all’s well with you. Take care.

    • Rick January 8, 2015 at 15:32 #

      I forgot about that one.

  5. Andrew Petcher January 8, 2015 at 07:14 #

    It is an interesting concept. I once watched a TV programme with a similar story – another Earth in the same orbit but permanently hidden from view by the sun. The same place with just the slightest differences. Improbable of course!

    • Rick January 8, 2015 at 15:33 #

      I barely remember that. Can you remember the name?

      • Andrew Petcher January 8, 2015 at 15:43 #

        Give me some time – it will come back to me!

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