Sunday, May 19, 2013

Memories are forever

“There are places  I remember. All my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places after a moment. Well, lovers and friends, I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life, I love them all”  (Beatles) Memory of the yester-years. Memories are like souvenir's. We keep on collecting them as we go along, in the walk of life. We all attach certain emotions to our memories. Some vivid and some losing sheen. There  are all sorts. Good ones, bad ones and those that we can’t describe precisely.We not only relive memory in our lives, sometimes we do so in our dreams too. One thing is for sure: We are all fond of our good memories.

So on and on it goes. We keep notching them one by one. Some use it as a tool to feel positive. Some like to drown their bad ones with drinks. All kinds of people you see. Whether memories bring you sorrow or happiness, we need to practice, selective recall. By that I mean only relive those memories which make us feel good. But try as you may, sometimes it’s difficult to get rid of the thorny ones. In fact, some people relish sad memories, by listening to the supporting music or by downing a drink or two. If life were not made of dualities, where would be the fun in it? Everyone has both pleasant as well as sad memories. Wish that we could do it another way this time all over again. It’s just a wish.

Why do you think photo albums are so popular? We like to relive the times that we have spent in the past. But too much of it can be a distraction. Memories should be relished only once in a while. Wish it was as easy as that. Because we simply don’t know when they pop up. Wish there was a way of amplifying the good ones and getting rid of the bad ones. But this seldom happens. We have to live with our collection. Some of them may evoke a sensation of fear within us. Too much of it can even make us psychotic. And on the other hand, some memories can make us real lofty. They lift our moods up and make us feel like kings and queens. Wish all of them were like that.

Can you imagine what would happen if we had no memory? No past. All these predictions based on the past would go for a toss. We would be living like most of the animals. In the ‘now’. One way it is good, but one way it’s worse. We would have no reference points. Not only us, even computers have memory. While they use it to  hold values, we go a  step further. We cherish them. What would you do, if you had no recollection of that trip to Hawaii or that baseball match. Well, most  of us live to collect such artifacts, so that we can look back and say, ’yeah, I lived my life well!’ If such is God’s design, so be it. So the next time you feel nostalgic, what would you do ?

To the good times …


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