Time travel sounds good, but we shouldn't dwell in the past; focus on the present instead, says the creator of this Unicef HK Make a Video entry

Time travel sounds good, but we shouldn't dwell in the past; focus on the present instead, says the creator of this Unicef HK Make a Video entry

Instead of wishing you could change something in your past, you should learn to focus on the here and now

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The main character finds an hourglass that can reverse time.
Photo: Unicef HK

Life is an ongoing process. You can never go back. This is good because you don’t have to relive certain things, but bad because of that very same reason.

There are many people that like to talk about how much they regret something, and how they wish they could go back in time to redo or repeat something.

In my video, the main character wakes up and sees an hourglass has been placed in front of him. He soon realises he can use the hourglass to turn time back. He uses it to his advantage – turning back time so he isn’t late for school, to avoid an argument with his girlfriend, and many other things.

At first, it seems to him that the hourglass is the answer to all of his problems. This changes, however, when his classmates no longer recognise him. The main character rushes to the washroom to find out what’s happening. When he looks into the mirror, he sees that his hair has turned grey and his skin is all wrinkled. He’s an old man wearing a secondary school uniform. It’s now too late to change anything, not even with the hourglass.

Everyone, at some point, feels the desire to go back into the past and change something. Grown ups want to go back to a time when they were younger, children want to be treated as adults, and people who are ill want to be healthy again. However, time is irreversible. We cannot go back in time and fix our mistakes or change decisions that have already been made. That’s why we should live in the present.

As long as we focus on the here and now, and put all of our efforts into living, we will be rewarded.


Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.


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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Time goes on and on

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