The Magic of Memories
Everybody has a story. I'm of the opinion that our past shapes our future. It amazes me to think where I might be today if I hadn't done some of the things I've done or not met some of the wonderful people who've helped me shaped my life. A great quote sums up my philosophy, "Every day that I draw breath, is yet another opportunity to continuously create myself."† Of course, my memory is so poor that I canít remember where I lifted the quote, but I find it true.
So what about you?† Iím
sure somewhere in your life you did something or met someone who altered your
life path. Maybe it was that time when you were in fifth grade and first got
drunk on Sloí Gin with the group you played street
football with. That event caused you to swear off the strong stuff
forever.† Or, maybe getting picked up by
the cops for throwing a mannequin off the
But Why Write?
There are three main reasons for writing about memories. And without turning all Dr. Phil on you, they are:
To come to grips with a past event.†
Sometimes something happens in our life that is just too horrible to think about. So, we bury it in the back of our minds. However, after a while, itís sure to manifest itself, and weíll have to deal with it. Writing about memories helps us speed up the process. It helps us embrace our pasts, so we can move into the future with a little less baggage.
To teach others a lesson.
†When I was growing up
To bond with others.
If youíve ever felt all alone and like no one has ever gone through what youíve gone through, recalling your memories could help. Humans engage in story telling (memory sharing) all the time. We often think itís fun, and sometimes we walk away with new or stronger friendships because of the practice.† Telling your memories helps the reader realize that he/she is not all alone in this great big world, which is seen as a requirement for a more fulfilled life.