My worst mistake

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Only to have the time back. Only if I could have made those changes then. What’s done is done. But what if I could go back in time… leap from time to time. Maybe I can do this make the Quantum Leap? The more I thought about it came to me, what about a travel in the Quantum world. But how? I thought to myself. To do this, I would have to go to the Neils Bohr University this is where I can gain the most information about the Quantum Leap.  
Later on the day I went to go talk with Bohr. He was very Bohring. His lab was nothing that I haven’t seen before, except for one thing out of place, a ping pong table. He demanded that we play a game while we speak. Before we start talking, he winds up his serve and I can tell that he does this lot. I am assuming when he is brain storming new ideas, and as we start to volley the ball back and forth, I being to explain my dilemma to him.
“I have made some mistakes that have had a large effect my life today, and I was hoping that you could me lead back to those times, so I could fix the decisions that I made” I say this in embarrassment.
The ping pong ball still being past back and forth, of course I have missed some serves but Bohr just served it again. I can tell he does this lot, he could do it in his sleep.
Okay well I am sure we can figure something out, but let me warn you things may get hot ;)” he says with excitement.
“What do you mean by get hot” I say with hesitation.
“Well young sir let me tell you, in order to make you leap, we are going to have to excite your atoms…” he say this as if I should be scared.
The ping pong ball was still being hit back and forth at a steady pace, making a rhythmical sound that could be counted. So as he explained, he told me that a time machine was needed to transform me on the quantum level. Bohr gave me an ear peace so that we could still communicate, and without thinking, I stepped in this amazing machine.
“Where do you want to travel first?’ He ask me.
I had already given this much thought and I say quickly “Take me back to the eleventh grade, halfway through semester one.”
I start to see what he means by its going to get hot.
“Umm sir? Sir! It’s really hot! Is something wrong?” I say with panic.
“Hahahah no, no, don’t worry about it. That it’s just your atoms heating up and your elections getting excited and getting ready to leap” he say with some laughter in his voice. I am sure he loves this, to have someone to play genie pig. Finally my electrons leap back to when I am the eleventh grade. I look at me self, so young so reckless, not caring to think about the future, over ten years ago. I start to remember the silly mistakes that I made, ones that are still interfering with my life today. Back in high school I hung out with a bad crowd, we were all on the senior boy’s football team even though they were the classic cocky heads, we had some conflict with our neighbouring high school. Just like every other teenage football team we thought that we were best and that everyone else should know it. So one day during our lunch, right before our big game, we thought it would be funny and go throw snowballs around at our neighbour’s school. But we didn’t think that the other school would have a different lunch, so when we went there to fire our ammo and we were hitting people lift right and center. Little did we know that it was the special education classes had their lunch. Ohhhhh yes, we were throwing snowing balls at the life skills kids. But of course there was a police officer around and we got caught and fined. But then there’s me, the idiot I was, decided to punch the cop in the face a run. Long story short, I got some jail time and now it’s difficult to get a job and I can’t even put the university degree I got to good use.
            So I move downward and expand I look around me and I am giving off all these different colours shooting off me. I caught my self just in time to stop myself and my team. I feel proud and successful that I could fix my mistakes.
“Neils, get me out of here, my job is done”
“Okay dokkie I can do that. Hold tight and get ready to make the absorption back to your new life” says Bohr, he is almost sounds more proud then I am.     
I leave his laboratory and give him lots of thanks and I can already see that my life is different. I walk out to the parking lot and there is my Mercedes Benz I guess hard work does pay off. I drive home and pull in to my drive way, it is not the little apartment building that I knew, but beautiful home with my beautiful wife and family. Thank you Quantum world!

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