Back To The Future: How To Increase The Bandwidth Of The Stories We Tell Ourselves For Good?

From A Book To A Photo Album To A Motion Picture

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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6 min readOct 15, 2022


“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Alice Morse Earle

How linear is our past?

How flat is our present?

How high is our future?

We are legion. We have so many discussions. We revive memories. We share experiences. We dare to imagine what the future will look like.

My friend Pascal loves to remind me of everything I did wrong in the past. And, like Priyanka and Foster, we have known each other forever.

Pascal knows how to tell stories of how I messed up. Do you remember that day when we were at the beach?

You said: I can swim until the edge of the beach.

Then, just after 10 meters, you were exhausted. I remember having to jump and rescue you.

My friend Priyanka is not focused on the past. She doesn’t care. She often comes to my defense when Pascal recalls some past events.

Do you know what bothers me about Mad? She once said to Pascal. It is not his past, she replied. He is just not reaching his potential. He can hardly focus on one task and do it until the end.

She continued: I asked Mad to help me with my speech two days ago. However, I am still waiting for his answer. So I will have to improvise it this weekend.

Foster is the one I fear the most among those three close friends. Well, I don’t fear him because he is my friend.

I am just overwhelmed by his silence. I can see judgment in his eyes each time I come to him with some projects.

Oh, come on! he always says. You are grandiose! Well, you wish, Dude! He once told me. I just shared with him one new project to create a short documentary.

He is so mysterious that I feel uneasy in his presence.

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Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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