If you could look ahead as a child and see the sort of person your adult self becomes, would you really want to grow up? Some of us may get a choice when the chance to become hyper-adult presents itself. One catch is that you have to die, in very cold water. Another that you may not like yourself.
The Chrysalis Pool came equal 4th in the 2021 Analog Readers Poll.
“Another good story from one of the best.” SFREVU