There’s a scene in the 2014 movie ‘Still Alice’ where a 50 year old Alice, (played by the oh so talented Julianne Moore, winning Best Actress for her portrayal of Alice) who is struggling to make sense of her diagnosis of early onset familial Alzheimers disease, takes herself off to visit a residential care facility under the guise of checking it out for a parent who may need the facility in the fullness of time.
She was, of course, checking out the residents therein for some clues as to what the future would hold for her.
It was indeed sobering for the character of Alice, and I suspect for many of us who have watched the movie, thinking of our own future and just how that may play out.
One of the many, many thoughts that has stayed with me since seeing the movie, is just how important it is to make joy filled, meaningful memories while we can.
Whether they are big or small, long lasting or in-the-moment, with others or by ourselves, intrinsically or extrinsically generated … it really doesn’t matter, as long as those special moments are delicious enough for us to pause and acknowledge that “this one’s a keeper.”
And then, while we can still remember them, we need to take those memories out of whichever compartment of our currently-active minds we choose to store them, dust them off and relive them. Savour them, share them, experience the warm fizzy feelings that deliberately recalling a meaningful memory engenders. Again and again.
Above all, we must be grateful – not just for whatever enabled the joy that inspired the memory in the first place, but for still being able to remember it at a later date 🙂
Ripenist Reflection: What impact did ‘Still Alice’ have on you?
Ripenist Reveal: What are you doing to deliberately make meaningful memories?
Ripenist Reckoning: How are you ensuring your precious memories are retained, for as long as possible?
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