Friday, 2 November 2018

Why Cherishing Memories is So Important*

We might laugh at our grandmother taking photographs of everything around them, or we might consider those who journal each day to be chewing up valuable time. However, upon closer inspection, we realize that humanities’ driving need to document, remember and to reflect on those memories is something much deeper than a simple indulgence. It’s vital to how we live our lives, and vital to the quality of said lives.

No matter who you are, it’s likely you can see some value in this. But to see the full value, you might have to delve a little deeper. Thankfully, our simple guide as to why cherishing memories is so important can shine a new light on your daily reflection and meditation on the past. Who knows, before long you might be the person who enjoys bringing a camera along to every important event, and you may check the nearest art supplies store for the most beautiful moleskin diary to write in.

Consider:
Memories Are All We Have
When you think about it, memories are pretty much all we have. It’s unhappy and tragic to hear that elderly folk who struggle with neurodegenerative diseases will often have to had special messages taken for them in order to help rectify their lack of memory. For example, it’s common for care homes to mute the television colors slightly so that an immediate novel recollection of the color red isn’t found to be too immediate, unwelcome and distressing, as sometimes the individual might struggle to remember its place in the color spectrum. This is an exceedingly sad scenario, but of course is catered for with care and love.
Why bring this example up? Because it illustrates that without our memories, the life we live would be vastly different. That means memories are not past, done things that we need to get over as soon as they’re gone. They’re not sand slipping through our fingers. They live within us, and inform our present understanding. They give us the means to change our character, to reflect, and sometimes to feel emotional chaos. This is why a traumatic event can affect someone for years after it actually happened, and why most people will place their motivation and goal setting on the best days they have ever experienced. If we grew up with a loving mother, it will influence in more ways that we think, from social interactions to how we interact with our own families on a daily basis.
Memories are all we have to inform us of the world around us and who we are. For that reason, it pays to respect them, to love them, and to celebrate them. You might do this by writing about them, expressing them in song, or photographing them and placing them in your home within beautiful frames.

Learning
We learn from our memories. Without the ability to do this, we wouldn’t grow as people. Unfortunately, growing from great memories isn’t always the most common form of reflecting. It’s possible, because sometimes we wish to replicate the good times using the methods that worked before. However, while bad memories can haunt us sometimes, they do help us stay on the right track.
We might remember how someone has treated us in the past, and decide to give them very little wriggle room the next time they ask for a chance. We might try to apply ourselves to a goal using better methods than that which failed last time. We might try and realize just how insensitive we were to someone. Bad memories have a habit of following us until they’re resolved. This is a form of internal karma and moralistic churning working itself out in you. As we’ve said, without that, we wouldn’t grow.
While some bad memories need therapy to work through and can lead to trauma, we should be grateful for the memories that have taught us something. It’s not uncommon for people to say that they’re grateful for the challenges and upsets in their life, because it wouldn’t have made them the person they are today without it. Taking this attitude can help you find peace with your memories, no matter the content they have.

Motivation
Motivation can be found in our deepest memories. For example, if wishing to lose weight, we might remember a time when we felt our most confident growing up, fit and athletic. We might, after all our searching to build a life in the big city, remember that living near your home community was always the thing that made you the happiest.
Memories, collected over time, help us refer to that which we found the truest, one day after another. Over time it’s possible for us to connect to that which we found the most promising, and use that to become our best selves. We might hold on to the horrors of our binge drinking habits from the past, and vow never to replicate them again.
Motivation is important, but it cannot come from a vacuum. We might watch motivational speeches on YouTube, or read quotes on Instagram, but the true motivation you have to change, or work hard, or do cardio, or make any change for the positive will often come from the memories we hold internally, from our own life story.

Potential
Memories hold within them the potential of seeing our character. We might realize that no matter how hard today is, we have survived every single one of our bad days. We might remember just how much creative interest and passion we used to have when life responsibilities came our way.
We might consider how a family member used to be before their struggles with addiction, or just how much belief you once had in yourself that has since fallen by the wayside.

To summarize, it’s important that we all understand just how important memories are to our daily lives, and just how worthwhile it is to honor them. Remember your story, try to remember the context of your life, and look back to find inspiration. It might just be the thing you need right now.

*Partnered post

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