‘Taking a trip down memory lane’ is a phrase that often implies that people are reflecting on what happened to them a long time ago. People often don’t schedule reflection, at least I don’t. we sometimes catch ourselves going over what happened to us in the past, in my experience, triggered by a situation or circumstance. While this happens to me a lot and has such tremendous effects, I recently found that taking a literary walk down memory lane has even better effect.
Let me give you a little back story of this event. I left home to study 2 years ago. Although I was away from families and loved ones, the last two years have easily been some of the best years of my life. I met the most amazing people, dreams where born, goals were achieved, and I lived a very content life. In short, I have enjoyed such great benefits in the past few months; it’s a miracle. It being a miracle doesn’t displace good effort, sacrifices and hard work; I will be the first to tell you that. However, I knew God had my back.
Some of the said benefits happened very fast. I got caught up in the rat race of the everyday hustle and bustle and didn’t have sufficient time to take it all in or be adequately grateful. Now that it is time to move on, I decided to take a stock. Hence the literal trip down memory lane.
What did I do?
I visited memorable places, places where some of the most significant changes of the last two years had taken place. I went into the school and walked the halls. I looked in the classroom and remembered exactly what it felt like to be in those rooms.
I visited my first part time job; which by the way, was serving drunk teenage all night long on Fridays and Saturday’s. I then went to my first full time job at an accounting firm and to the company where I had just concluded a fixed term contract. Well, give me a moment to brag; Three jobs ranging from serving drunk teenagers to working in finance with one of the most reputable companies in the sector as well as completing a master’s degree in less than two years! I dare you to process that. I remembered the dreams and aspirations I had and my fears of them.
As I walked the roads I used to I realised I overcame the most of my fears on my journey; I have achieved a lot of the dreams without taking appropriate notice of the ‘when’ or ‘how’. I realised some of the dreams I had have been replaced with bigger once and some are yet to be achieved. In those moments, I felt grateful. I shed some tears; in appreciation for how far I have come and in recognition of journey ahead as a waited in line for the train I took home from work.
While getting a job of your choice and completed a master’s degree, after all, you started it, meeting inspiring people and seeing inspiring places might seem like the natural thing some people. Please remember that your life is only a dream to a lot of people; no matter how bad you think it is. Also, remember that nothing is guaranteed, nothing in life is!
It was about a whole day of me re-enacting memories and shedding tears in realisation of how far I have come and recognition of how far I must go. I felt grateful and motivated. Mum please don’t read the next sentence, I felt refuelled and ready to go grab life by the balls. I told you not to read it mum!
Something about remembering how afraid and unsure I felt at different times and how I overcame those fears, made me feel very confident about dreaming big and aiming for the sky.
Now to the point of the long story, I think this might benefit you if you ever feel demotivated, stressed, or just caught up in the daily rat race. For me, taking a literary walk down memory lane felt therapeutic, motivating and most importantly, made me full of gratitude for all that I am and for even the things I wouldn’t usually pay attention too. It would might benefit you to remember how you overcome obstacles in the past, in moments when you feel afraid or uncertain.
Please, share your thoughts on reflection and perhaps, taking a literal walk down memory lane.
PICTURES TAKEN BY PAVANSINGH GAHIRWAR