The Power of Memories

Memories are snapshots of the Past forever echoing in our Mind

The mind is a beautiful thing; more storage space than any man-made device with the ability to keep “files” or memories for the duration of a persons natural life-time.

Memories are what distinguish one human being from the other. They are the intangible remnants that remind us of a particular time, place, incident or person, serving as snap-shots of the past. Memories are extremely volatile, at times if one were to concentrate really hard trying to recollect a single memory it would be elusive, however in times of lucidity it would manifest itself immediately.

With the advent of technology, and the multitude of storage mediums, coupled with digital cameras no longer requiring any effort to develop pictures (simply point and click), memories are more abundant, more readily available, easier to pinpoint and target.

And yet, they remain as volatile, for no medium is foolproof – a hard disk can crash, a USB can get erased, a DVD can get damaged, online files can be lost as well. The mind remains the single strongest storage medium, deterred only by humanity and disease.

Memories have the power to make us smile, to laugh as we remember a funny incident we were privy to, or a joke we had heard. They can also make us weep, as we remember those who are no longer with us, remember the way they smiled, they way they laughed, the way we felt in their presence.

Memories are precious, in more ways than one.

The Path of our Memories

The idea for this post came to me as I was desperately trying to clear up space in my email account; with over 7GB of storage I am teetering on the brink of 77% usage, having gone as high up as 99%.

It was time to again sift through the messages and delete the useless ones.

First to go were any ads, or generated messages from websites etc.

Second, a search for the usual .avi, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .wmv, .zip, .rar files to remove those, as they tend to carry a bit of extra weight to them.

After that, I was left with 76%.

Going through the folders of my messages, I came across emails from friends from as long back as 2003, some friends I had lost over the ages, some conversations I had forgot.

Why do we find it so hard to part with emails?

The main reason being they conjure up memories, their presence is undisturbed, I doubt anyone sifts through their emails on a regular basis reading correspondence from long ago. There is too much coming in on a daily basis to really go through the past, much like movies, every year new ones come out, making the watching of older ones a most difficult task.

And yet, it is comforting to know that those memories remain there, a search away from being read once more.

All tangible reminders serve as the Pensieve of our Memories

In the world of Harry Potter, The Pensieve was an object used to review memories. It had the appearance of a shallow stone basin, into which were carved ancient runes  symbols.

Our emails, our momento’s, the messages on our phone, the contact list, all serve as our Pensieves.

The Many emotions elicited by Memories

Suffice to say I did not end up deleting much. It was a trip down memory lane, both in its smiles, as well as its sorrows.

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