I love Sci-Fi, no big secret. There is a specific genre of Sci-Fi that I particularly enjoy, time travel. I think that is why I love the TV show â€œDr. Whoâ€ when I was a kid. Despite the fact that the show had a cheap budget and cheesy effects, it dealt with the concept of time.
I have always been fascinated by how one split second of time; can affect your entire life. How if you change one minute detail of one day, your whole life would have been different. I think everybody, whether they are aware of it or not, have several of these benchmarks in their lives.
Here is one of mine.
After my junior year of high school, one of my friends, â€œCozadâ€, wanted to join the Navy on the buddy system. I really had no plans after high school, so I thought sure why not. We met with a recruiter at the Westminster Mall and scheduled a time to come in and take a series of tests.
We went in one Saturday and took the test. As I recall, it was a standard multiple choice test of about 100 questions. It was a timed test. I finished the test with time to spare. I was sitting there waiting for them to call time and I just happened to notice that I had left the answer to the second question blank. Upon further inspection I realized the answer to question two was in question threeâ€™s space, threeâ€™s in fourâ€™sâ€¦and so on. I madly started erasing and of course they called, â€œTime.â€
Needless to say I failed on a spectacular level. I tried to explain to the recruiter, but he said that I could not retake the test for some specified amount of time. I ask him what the ramifications of my failure were. He basically said I would be classified sub-moron and swab decks my whole career. Cozad on the other hand had done exceptionally well.
As appealing as a career of mopping sounds, I decide to wait them out. Several weeks later, Cozad joined up with the Marines instead. At that point I lost interest in the Navy and never pursued it.
One slight of hand changed the course of my entire life. Had I done well on the exam, and I have no reason to think I would not have, I would have signed up that day.
I have other split second decisions that impacted my whole life. Sometimes it is fun to think â€œwhat if.â€ Now I donâ€™t regret not joining the Navy. Frankly I cannot imagine myself enjoying the military, but who knows. What would that Ben have been like? Radically different I would think.
How about you? Any split second decisions impact the course of your life?