Noticed how small things can trigger memories? A sudden glance, a smell, a sound, a taste. Just a moment in your average day can transport you back decades, a lifetime even, and more often than not these memories are childhood-related.
Personally, the sound of a sprinkler creates my strongest memory – for no appreciable reason. I don’t mean any sprinkler, but the very specific rotary kind that you hear making the “tick, tick, tick, trrrsssskkkkkk, tick, tick, tick” noise. Those that they use at sporting clubs and large fields.
We didn’t have one as a kid, so I’m guessing the memory itself dates to my school days rather than anything I experienced at home. When I hear one though, it sounds like summer.
The specific noise of irrigation they create puts me in mind of long, lazy summer days when it is too hot, too humid and life is too good. I can hear the insects making their respective buzzing noises, the birds lazily singing in the shade of the trees and the sounds of reality pressing the pause button on life.
Those perfect moments when, no matter what else might be happening, life is experiencing a perfect moment. Moments like this are my idea of utopia, of what paradise should be like. Nothing elaborate, complex or gilded, just a simple moment where everything makes sense.
When it comes to those special memories, triggers of happiness and delight, of wonderful people, special places or experiences, take the time to appreciate them, to remember just what made the special and find a way to create more.
Some moments will always stand out more than others, have more value to you, hold more meaning. That doesn’t mean the others aren’t important, they just form part of the tapestry that is your life. Be greedy in collecting as many as possible because, unlike the physical objects we surround ourselves with every day, these memories are priceless and will last far beyond the trinkets.
On a final note, if someone is looking down their noses at you it might not be that they think they are better than you – they could just be working out. If you don’t believe me, the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi is a muscle, you’ll find it in the face, and it is used for sneering. So maybe they aren’t looking down on you, they’re just getting a bit of facial exercise.