Have you ever been caught unexpectedly by the realization of just how much your life has changed? Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing someone, driving past some place, or hearing a certain song, and suddenly you’re jolted into remembering that at some time in your past, this person, place or song used to be a focal point in your life. Somehow over the years while you’ve been busy navigating your way through life, they’ve somehow managed to become merely a distant memory.
Well…for me it was a song that broke me down and brought me right back to my childhood only a few weeks ago. I was suddenly overwhelmed by nostalgia and with my parents sitting right there across from me, visibly many years older than they were when we used to listen to this song, I started sobbing uncontrollably. Memories truly “don’t leave like people do.” The reality is though, sometimes they stay buried in our subconscious for years and then suddenly one day they take you totally by surprise.
Luckily, we’re not totally helpless in shaping the memories we will undoubtably face in our later years. We owe it to ourselves to make sure that crying, sadness and regrets are not the only emotions stirred within us when we look back. I’ve had a happy childhood, and my adult life has been pretty ok. Hopefully, I’ve been creating some happy long lasting memories that will make me smile when they resurface in later years. We have to lay those positive foundations right now, make smart choices, live life freely and without fear, and keep planting those “happy seeds”. I know my future memories won’t all be “warm and fuzzy”. After all, this is life, but I’m doing my best to leave no regrets behind.
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