Shades | Happiness | Moments | 08th July 2022 | Virtual Wire
Aren't there those little things that we often take for granted but mean so much when we look back at them?
I remember when I was in third grade, my best friend brought me some chocolate muffins that she had made with her grandma's help. It was the first time anyone outside of my family had put so much love into baking something just for me. She looked so happy giving it to me and I hugged her because I couldn't put into words how I felt. It is a lovely memory that I fondly remember even today. As cliche as it sounds, sometimes we focus so much on the bad things, experiences and memories in life, that we fail to pay attention to the beautiful instances in time.
Like those small moments that last just a few seconds but make you feel warm inside each time you remember them. It might be someone who sincerely thank you for some help that you did. The warmth of the morning sun on your face, on a slightly chilly day. Finding a bar of chocolate at the back of the cupboard, when you had actually thought you ran out of them. A kind smile from a complete stranger while crossing the road. That feeling you get when your professor compliments you for doing great in a presentation or term paper that you worked hard on. The smile that unknowingly spreads across your face when someone you hold close to your heart, reaches out to hold your hand while walking. That moment when you wake up in the morning and feel like it might just be a good day.
How do you feel when you're just standing on the beach with your feet in the sand, the closing waves making them sink further. When out of the blue, a friend buys you one of your favourite books that you've always wanted to get for yourself. That heavenly aroma of your mother cooking your favourite dish when you get back home after a particularly tiring day. Quoting American author Lisa Kleypas, “It was often in small moments that significant things were revealed”. Of course, most of us might still remember those precious moments
and how we felt back then. However, as time passes there will always be these small little details that may escape from your recollection of something.
I have always made a point of writing down and recording these memories in my diary. Putting down your thoughts and memories into words often gives it the kind of concretisation that allows you to better understand yourself and the workings of your mind. Besides, it's always a distinctly lovely experience to slowly flick through the pages many years later and revisit those memories. It's like reliving that beautiful moment all over again. It might make you feel a whirlwind of emotions. Some might make you cry, some others might have you laughing out loud and some others make you think about how far you've come in life, but are still invariably connected to the past.