In the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation there was a great little episode called “Remember Me”.
In it, medical officer Dr. Beverly Crusher starts to notice that people are disappearing off of the Enterprise – without a trace.
First it’s one of her medical assistants.
Then all her medical assistants disappear.
Then other crew of the Enterprise start disappearing one by one.
Finally, it’s just Beverly Crusher and Captain Picard flying the spaceship, just the two of them.
And then Picard disappears.
In the story, it turns out that Dr. Crusher has accidentally gotten trapped in a “warp bubble”, an alternate universe that is rapidly shrinking as it collapses.
That’s why people keep disappearing.
That story reminds me a lot of the social lives of guys in their thirties.
Slowly, their friends and colleagues start to disappear into relationships. At first, they don’t notice, but eventually their universe starts getting smaller and smaller.
Every year, a few more friends have disappeared, sucked out of single world into relationship world.
Till finally sometimes it’s just them. Flying the ship alone.
Finally, a weird alien with three fingers called “The Traveller” helps Beverly Crusher to escape. She jumps through a blue rift in engineering, where she’s reunited with the friends and crew-mates that had disappeared.
For guys who are stuck in the single-world warp bubble, escaping is a bit more complicated.
But to start, you can click on the (coincidentally blue coloured) link below to get started on leaving single world in style.