• Tywele [she|her]@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    1 month ago

    I would want to tell my past self that I’m trans and they should take HRT ASAP and that all my friends and family are accepting and that I don’t need to wait until I’m 30 to come out.

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    Ask my future self. Telling my past self something is very likely to have no affect on my life (what if past actions only affect that “me” and not me-me), whereas asking my future self something will always end up with me gaining information - no guarantee its relevant, but it’s more likely to be.

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        “Tell me the most important thing you can tell me”

        My future self will know best about what I need to know. Winning lottery/investments can make me rich now, but maybe there’s a nuclear war, climate apocalypse, or some other disaster in 5 years and my future self can tell me where to be and what to do before it starts.

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      Wouldn’t the same logic apply from the perspective of future you? I.e. they would be a different future you if they were told something by themselves in the past.

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    I would probably go for the generic “buy as much bitcoin as you can, dump it all at 55k in March 2021 and put it all on Nvidia and sell it may 2024”.

    Boring advice, but can’t think of anything that would have a greater impact.

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      I’d love to tell my past self “remove your NVDA stop loss before August 2022 so you don’t sell all your shares at 170USD”

      I checked the price right now and woof

      Ouchies

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    Realistically I’m sure I’d end up using it for financial gain either way.

    Future Self: What’s the next Nvidia stock?

    Past self has more monkey paw possibilities, but I think I’d go with something like, “Buy all the surplus compute you can to generate bitcoin in 2009 and hold it until $64,000.”

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      That’s too much work. Just buy $1000 worth of bitcoin in 2010 and sell it all at 50k, which means you can cash it in 2 years earlier and still make WAY more than you’ll ever be able to spend.

      At that point you will be affecting the entire market though. So things might become unpredictable.

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        Dogecoin would be funnier. Buy 1K USD when it’s like 0.000001 and sell when it’s at .20USD

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    You can ask your future self stuff right now. You won’t get the answer until you answer it in the future, but the question is possible.

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    The one thing I would want to tell past me is something I already knew, but still couldn’t convince my dad to invest in Google and Apple back in 2002. We played a game in economics class where, using the real stock market, we started with like 50k to invest in and at the end of the month, whoever made the most money won a big jar of candy.

    I won by just putting half in Google and the other in Apple and then never touching it. But I couldn’t convince my dad to invest even a little bit and I had no money of my own to do so myself. 😮‍💨

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    What happens to me after I tell my past self the thing? Do I cease to exist? Do I quantum leap into a version of myself from the universe where my future self told me that one thing? Do I just go on with my life but I know that there is a parallel universe out there where my past self got my message? Or does the time stream correct itself such that my life follows the same exact course except I remember my future self sending me a message?

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      I’ve been putting off my ADHD test for over 15 years. I keep saying I’ll do it. I’ll do it some day soon!

      At least I went to the dentist… after 14 or so years of not going.

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    It’s either sharing the winning lottery numbers, or asking for them. I need to know how the time stream works first.

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      unless you have some specific trauma in your past that’s worth avoiding it’s silly to be rich later in life than earlier in life. I can’t see any scenario where talking to your future self is better than your past self. Even giving world shattering options you’ll weather it better as a rich capitalist than a prole.

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    Of course telling past me a thing makes more sense. I have a basic understanding of the past and what I say has a good chance of improving past me’s life.

    I cant even imagine what my biggest decision in the next few years is going to be, there’s a good chance whatever I ask will be a waste of time. The wiser of me should dictate what we talk about.

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    Ask my future self something. I get a leg up on everyone and future-me’s timeline collapses - not mine.

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      This is the real answer. You can’t change your past, or the current version of you would not exist. You might still exist but not this version of you. It might be better or it might be worse but most things in your life would be completely different. And you definitely wouldn’t remember the change.

      We don’t realize how intertwined different parts of our life are. If you just pause a second in your daily life and do nothing, you have literally changed your future and that of the entire world. It’s not some woo-woo vibes thing, you are literally slightly adjusting everything around you by existing and acting. It’s impossible to tell exactly how until much later.

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    asking your future self isn’t always guaranteed to yield results. for starters, you know for certain you have a past.

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    I would ask my future self “what is the most stressful thing awaiting me on my future, which I shouldn’t worry about at all”.

    This doesn’t change anything except my mental health is better off.