Registered: Oct 04, 2009
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:14 pm
We simply don't have the data banks to remember our lives in the detail we'd like to think we could. I've learned to take great pictures of things and they are a big help. I remember going to the Grand Canyon, but if I didn't have my pics it would be hard to imagine the details. The days we went were like postcards, because they looked so fake. My memory just doesn't recall all of the detail I experienced - people, food, settings, etc. PS - This is why I love a good "disaster" during a trip. We tend to recall a great difficulty with fondness and detail after time passes.
Before the inventions of the last 100 years - camera, radio, tv, computer, cell phone, digital media, internet, etc - we basically had books, journals, and story telling to pass on our memories. We like to go make them, yet we struggle to recall them 5 years later. We are creatures of the moment and we always have been. One of my most vivid memories as a boy was a camping trip. It was summer in the mountains and my dad let me fall asleep in a hammock by the campfire. I was in a sleeping bag and it was late night/early morning. The sky was still black and the Milky Way had rotated right over my view. The sky was alive, my mind was rested, and I can recall every detail of that moment. The scent of pine, the dampness in the air from the morning dew, the breeze on my right cheek, the warmth of the flannel bag liner, the embers glowing in the fire, the gentle swaying of the hammock, the calm, the vastness of our galaxy, the shooting stars, the inky green of the trees around me, my hair in my eyes, the canvas of our tent, the blue cooler, the lantern on the table, playing cards next to it............every single detail in my mind like it happened last night.
I should have remembered my wedding day like that. I should have remembered my trip to Rome last year like that. I wish I could. It is why I no longer complain when someone wants a pic or a vid of a moment. The moment and often those in them, are always gone way too fast.
Now I want a beer and to hug my parents.