A few summers ago I was feeling sad, I was in Atlanta and went shopping in a vintage store. I don’t love shopping for clothes, I just wish I could wear a daily uniform. [As previously noted I had to look up Ann Demeulemeester on wikipedia.] In the shop I found an old timey bathing suit. I brought the bathing suit home and I looked at it and I thought about who might have owned it before. The bathing suit didn’t fit into my life at that moment, I was too busy to go swimming. I felt disconnected from my body after having kids and I was sad. I sat in the moment looking at that bathing suit. I thought about how long my winter had been. My brain fooled me into thinking the winter would never end. I closed my eyes and I thought of what my life would look like when it did finally end, what six months from now might feel like. I put this bathing suit in a drawer and it waited for me to take it traveling. And then, six months later I went to Palm Springs with a bunch of wonderful women. They were my beautiful friends who had helped through a difficult year. We were going swimming and I reached into my bag to find a bathing suit, and I had put this old timey bathing suit in with the rest. I tried it on again, and I felt beautiful. I thanked the bathing suit for waiting for me. I got into the pool with Rashida, and Kathryn and Aubrey and I thanked the women for holding me up when I couldn’t hold myself. I thought about the woman who had worn that bathing suit before, and realized she was another woman who had helped me. I thanked her too. I realized I had traveled again, this time into a happier future. I stood in the sun, I thanked the sun. The more I time travel, the more I learn, I’m always just where I need to be.
— Amy Poehler, from her book Yes Please, talking about how things can help you time travel.