如果你問我:「猴子啊,你最喜歡 friends 的那一集?」
我可能會猶豫很久,挑不出一個最喜歡的,
因為每一集我都好喜歡好喜歡。

但如果你問我:「印象最深刻的一集呢?」
我會告訴你是 Episode 615,
標題是:The One That Could Have Been。

相信很多人都想過這問題:
「如果…那我們就會…?」
於是 friends 的主人翁為我們演出一集,
就那麼一集,只有在戲裡面才能出現的,
時間倒流。:)

Rachel: ...God, could you imagine if I actually married him?! I mean how different would my life be?
Ross: I know what you mean, I've always wondered how different my life would be if--if I'd never gotten divorced.
Phoebe: Which time?
Ross: The first time! No seriously, imagine if Carol hadn't realized she was a lesbian.
(略)
Monica: And what if I was still fat? (To Chandler) Well, you wouldn't be dating me, that's for sure.
Chandler: Sure I would!
All: (simultaneously) Oh yeah! Come on! Yeah right!
Chandler: What, you guys really think that I'm that shallow?
Ross: No, I just think Monica was that fat.
Joey: Hey, imagine if I never got fired off Days Of Our Lives!
Chandler: What if I had had the guts to quit my job? I'd probably be writing for the New Yorker, getting paid to be funny. But my job's fun too! I mean tomorrow, I--I don't have to wear a tie.
Phoebe: What if I had taken that job at Merrill Lynch?
Ross: What?!
Rachel: Merrill Lynch?
Phoebe: Yeah, I had a massage client who worked there and-and he said I had a knack for stocks.
Rachel: Well why didn't you take the job?
Phoebe: Because at that time you see, I thought everything that rhymed was true. So I thought y' know that if I'd work with stocks, I'd have to live in a box, and only eat lox, and have a pet fox.
Ross: Hey, do you guys think that if all those things happened, we'd still hang out?

上面那段台詞的大意是:
如果 Rachel 還是嫁給了 Barry(那個上了她好朋友的男人),
如果 Ross 的老婆後來沒有成為女同性戀,
如果 Monica 還是像高中時期那麼胖,
如果 Joey 還是某部超紅的連續劇演員之一,
如果 Chandler 放棄他現在的工作(天曉得那是啥XD)而轉行當自由作家,
如果 Phoebe 跑去當了股市交易員?

這一切如果真的發生,
當然結局有好有壞,
但最讓我念念不忘的是最後一句,
Ross 問:「我們還會是好朋友嗎?」

對啊,這人生當中有很多轉捩點,
每經過一次人生轉變,
大家都會想,另外一個選擇會更好嗎?
這不是在開玩笑,
連美國大詩人 Robert Frost (1874~1963) 都寫了一首詩,
The Road Not Taken 來表達這番心境,
平凡人如我們,會這樣想也是很正常的。

但當時間倒退,我們有重新選擇的機會,
你是否了解到,重新選擇過後的歷史,
也許就不會走到今天,現在,此時此刻?
你目前所擁有的一切,
你的朋友,你的事業,你的情人,
都會因為過去某個時間點的選擇改變了,
而從此不會成為你記憶裡的一部分?

看到這裡,有些朋友可能想起一部電影:蝴蝶效應。:)

仔細想想,回到過去改變某個決定,
是不是真得值得你這樣做呢?
你要明白一件事:
你現在的思想、行為模式,
都是從以前到現在不斷演進的結果,
你回到那一點,
就還是會以當時的知識和行為模式,
去做你那時候會做的事。

對我來說,
我不認為再給我第二次選擇的機會,
我就會做出不同的選擇。

我也不希望失去我現在的一切,
我覺得人生發生過的每件事,
都自有它本身的意義存在,
而正因為人生不能倒退重來,
我們才能不斷活出新的生活,
在每一次轉變的時間點上,
一直不斷不斷地向前進。

不是嗎? :)

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