Anniversaries have long been a source of nostalgia, remembrance, and reasons to celebrate. From Christmas to July 4 to the passing of a loved one, anniversaries are our way of acknowledging a significant event some number of days or years ago. This week happens to be the very week that I quit my job and took off on a journey I’ll never forget, one short year ago. It is the anniversary of the birth and death of tangential chapters in my life. But I look back on that time with a fondness irreplaceable, despite its ever lengthening depth in my memory.
The same memories that vibrantly ring in our minds during the moments, hours, and days that follow something memorable will sink back over the weeks, months, and years thereafter. And so the Andean ridges and mountains and whispering oceans ring heavily in my mind like the echo of a cavern. I miss those memories as I recall them but I don’t live in them.
Living in the past is not advised, but if we can look to our past to dictate our future, reminisce onward. In fact, reminiscing is known to give some health benefits if done in the right fashion. So maybe its flipping through an old yearbook or photo album, reading through your facebook stories of years gone by, or just daydreaming of youthful summer days. Whatever your memories are, don’t be afraid of them. Embrace them and make them into greater tomorrows.