David S. Pan

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Thoughts: Back to the Future 2015


This may be a good day to reflect upon what happened in the past 30 years.

Life is short. How many “30 year” blocks do we have? 2, 3 and 4 perhaps?

Whatever you think your number may be, the real question is: will you trade your past 30-year block for anything else?

The likely answer is yes, as we are all taught that we should deserve better and receive more.

While some would call eagerness for more as the seeding thought for progress, the truth of the matter is: we have exactly what we wanted, because we have made conscious decisions to settle for the most comfortable/suitable choices at different moments, and to take certain paths, to be where we are today.

If you remember the hoverboard from the movie, Back to the Future II, it was cool, wasn’t it?


So why is it not a commercial reality today, yet? (Note: prototypes are already available, by the way.) The truth is: consumers do not want it bad enough, compared to bikes, regular skateboards, electric scooters, regular running shoes and yes, Tesla cars.

So then, what did you want to do 30 years ago and did it come out the way you wanted 30 years later?

I will confess first: I never became an astronaut, but I am happy that my life has turned out the way it did. As I reflect back on my life, the highlights of my life were overcoming significant difficulties together with help from friends and family. Those memories became who I am today. I am thankful for God and those friends and family members that have stood by me, in the past 30 years.

Wikipedia Image Sources: Back to the Future II PosterHoverboard

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