Time is not affected by the pandemic. It goes on. Minute by minute, by days, by months. Live in it, to be sure, for it will be the past we can reflect on later. To get through these hard days though, consider spending some time in the past. Good times are waiting there, just like the good times there will be in the future.
It’s my oldest son’s birthday today and that’s what’s brought me to write this post about the magic of visiting the past, relishing all the memories it has gifted me. I don’t mean a past that dwells on negatives that we can’t change. That said, I do think there is something to allowing ourselves to touch on those days, briefly, to remember what hard times have taught us. More so, though, I’m visiting the past to recall the good times, the funny times, the everyday things we’re missing now, knowing that those should be within reach again in the not-to-distant future.
This week, I’m hoping this might inspire you to spend some time in reverie. There is such a push to live in the moment, in the here and now, which is where we should spend most of our time, of course. Relinquishing the past, however, robs us of appreciating and reliving special times, the events, the people, and the days that brought us to today. And in the future, today will be what we look back on. I’m sharing some of my past moments with you here in hopes you might be inspired to go look at some of yours. As always, I hope some of this is useful or at least entertaining.
I could keep adding memories here almost indefinitely!
Next week, I’ll be back to writing something maybe more practical: DIY hacks, recipes, reading and watching recommendations, or let me know if there’s something specific you’d like me to write about. I’m thinking I might write about how I simplified a lot of my life through minimalism, my favourite organizing hacks, a peak at my recently transformed little haven created on the cheap, or how being an anarchist informs my worldview. The boundaries are pretty wide!
In the meantime, have a great weekend, and I hope you’ll take a moment to look through old photos, or spend a few minutes talking with someone about a fun time you had with them, or thinking about a great trip you took. Sit in the company of the highlights of your life. Or just reflect, as I am today, in gratitude that I haven’t yet lost my ability to remember!
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Stay well, Christine