Day 2472: What do we want to remember?

When I search my old posts for “What do we want to remember?” the only thing that comes up is Day 454: My brain is like a sieve. This might be a bad sign, since what’s on my brain today is how to memorize and remember the words of my 5-minute “Ted Talk” for my college reunion in three weeks.

I want to remember that …

  • I don’t have to be perfect delivering my speech, even though I sometimes felt like I had to be perfect to keep up with the other people at my Ivy League school.
  • perfect is the enemy of good.
  • I can look at my notes during my speech.
  • I have been able to memorize the words of all my original songs, forgetting the lyrics only once.
  • I will be talking about traumatic memories in my speech, so I need to be extra kind to myself about this.
  • I will be finishing my speech by talking about this blog and my wonderful readers.
  • I am the only one who can put unrealistic pressure on myself.
  • nobody hearing my speech will be wanting me to fail.
  • I will be returning, after my speech, to people who will not love me any less if my talk does not go well.

Do you want to remember any of the photos I took yesterday?

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If you want to remember songs that have the word “Remember” in the title, see here and here.

Here and now, while I was searching for a song I wanted to remember for this post, I just heard  that an old friend, whom I was wanting to see at our school reunion, died yesterday. 

I will always remember Hillel, my very good friend. He and I shared many memories, starting in 7th grade.

What do we want to remember?  Those we love.

In the midst of pain and loss, I want to remember to always express my gratitude to you.

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15 thoughts on “Day 2472: What do we want to remember?

  1. puella33

    Maybe subconsciously we choose what we want to remember. I never saw the pasta, Ribbinos of Hope, I’m sure I will remember it and think of your blog. Sorry to hear about your friend.

  2. My blog is such an aide memoir that when I want to remember something that I may have posted about all I have to remember is a suitable search word. I would want always to remember a suitable one

  3. Margaret Atwood said she got over her fear of public readings when she realized people wanted to see her and that they liked her. I remember that but I don’t remember if I’ve shared it before. I do, however, know that people will enjoy your talk because it’ll be humble and kind.

  4. I want to remember that without the companionship of others, such as Hillel, life is diminished. I am sorry for your loss Ann.

  5. So sorry about your loss. A friend of mine died Friday. Very unexpected. I will remember his intelligence, his kindness, and his wonderful example of personal fitness.

  6. My condolences on the loss of your very good friend. I remember that blog post about Hillel, and how you had known each other when you are so young and how both of you were struggling with health issues. He was blessed to have you as a friend.

    I don’t think that you have to worry about giving your speech. Everyone who gets to hear it is perfectly lucky. That is the only perfection that matters. Also, it is your speech that they are going to remember.

  7. I am so sorry to hear that your good friend died, Ann. I know that’s difficult under any circumstances, but when you were looking forward to the reunion, even more poignant a loss. I know that your presentation is going to be well-received. Your friends remember you as a warm and kind person, certainly, and will just be so glad to see you! 🙂

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