In my next life, I want to live my life backward. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!

–Woody Allen

Read the above quote very carefully and take some time to ponder.Living your life backward sounds so rewarding. The way Woody Allen puts it, it seems like you have a reward waiting at the completion of every stage of your life. whereas if you live your life in a normal way, it is less rewarding and boring. And yes, you also are getting old by every passing moment. So is this what is so alluring about living your life backward?

But I guess as we humans are always intrigued by some novel concept till it turns monotonous, passes its infancy stage and the excitement slowly starts wearing off and then we get bored.

So I guess even the theory of living life backward would seem to be boring and less tempting.


Because you might not find the best partner at the old age or don’t end up at the dream job, gets the worst experience of your high school life with no fun at all, or don’t get the amazing parents you hoped, when you were old.

Everything happening backward but not the way you planned. Something very similar to our normal chronological sequence in our lives.

So the point I’m trying to emphasize is, you can be happy in the moment, in just that moment, not where the whole turns of the events are going to be. It doesn’t matter how the story your life is going to end or what precious rewards, goals, you achieve or miss by the end of a phase of your life.

Being happy and present in the very moment you are living counts and it really doesn’t matter which direction you are living your life.

Live life to the fullest in any direction it’s taking you.

Photo by Lukas Robertson on Unsplash

This post is in response to the daily prompt Theory and Compass

23 thoughts on “Reverse

  1. This is a great way of looking at life. I chose to believe the first step of my day, is the first I’ve ever taken, then l begin to live out my last day. Now I will look at it as I’m living out my first day. Tomorrow, if I wake, I get to do it all again.

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  2. Woody Allen’s thought made me feel wow. Your interpretations reminded me-‘Hell, even this could happen,’ Read something thought-provoking. Living life backwards, would be a great fiction though.

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