Monday, September 13th, 2010

Remembering the Memory

Stephanie

I just got back from a 10 day whirlwind vacation. It was supposed to only be for 4 days over the Labor Day Holiday, but opportunities arose & I chose to roll with them rather than against them. During that time, I met so many new and amazing people, saw so many breath taking sights and enjoyed a plethora of new experiences. (Can you believe I had never made Smores or baked bread???)

During all this, I chose to live in the moment rather than take a million pictures, (though I did take some) and would pull out my journal to jot down only a few words and phrases connected to my experiences. But since so much happened during this time, I actually fear losing some of the amazing things that I did or some of the profound things that  people said to me. Do you feel this way as well? Or do you just let go and allow the good stuff to fly away, only to come back around again at a later time?


6 thoughts on “Remembering the Memory

  1. You don’t need to remember what you had for lunch every day, but you might want to remember the fleeting feeling of deep satisfaction of a lunch alone in a new town. Journals are wonderful for that. You can write down the emotion in just a sentence or two and surround it with the music you heard, what you ate, what the smells in the air, the slant of the light, what you were wearing–whatever will trigger that memory again. A drawing–not necessarily a photo-representational one, an abstract is fine, too, will set it.

  2. You don’t need to remember what you had for lunch every day, but you might want to remember the fleeting feeling of deep satisfaction of a lunch alone in a new town. Journals are wonderful for that. You can write down the emotion in just a sentence or two and surround it with the music you heard, what you ate, what the smells in the air, the slant of the light, what you were wearing–whatever will trigger that memory again. A drawing–not necessarily a photo-representational one, an abstract is fine, too, will set it.

  3. Where it me, I’d take the time to sit down and journal all the stuff you want most to remember about the events. As time passes or memories get blurred and sometimes lost. If you want to “BE SURE” to remember them, write them down!

  4. Where it me, I’d take the time to sit down and journal all the stuff you want most to remember about the events. As time passes or memories get blurred and sometimes lost. If you want to “BE SURE” to remember them, write them down!

  5. As the family photographer, I enjoy taking pictures. However, sometimes I think you can miss the moment if you’re always fussing with a camera. It’s good to put it down and let go. Even though you can’t recall an exact moment later on, it is still a part of you.

    I mentioned this to a friend once, and he asked me, “Can you remember what you had for lunch six months ago?”

    I said, “No.”

    He said “But you were nourished by it nonetheless.”

  6. As the family photographer, I enjoy taking pictures. However, sometimes I think you can miss the moment if you’re always fussing with a camera. It’s good to put it down and let go. Even though you can’t recall an exact moment later on, it is still a part of you.

    I mentioned this to a friend once, and he asked me, “Can you remember what you had for lunch six months ago?”

    I said, “No.”

    He said “But you were nourished by it nonetheless.”

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