“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.” ~ Susan B. Anthony
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to start a new journal with a catalogue of your most important life moments. Describe each of the moments. Include drawings, pictures, cuttings, clippings, a list of people who were there, a reference to the song that was playing, what scent was on the breeze, how you felt, how it makes you feel to remember the moment now. There is no limit to the number of moments you catalog. They can be moments that were happy, sad, life-changing, or quiet moments of appreciation or epiphany. Update your journal as memories come back to you. Update your journal as your life goes on. Include in your journal a list of important moments that haven’t happened yet but that you wish for. Turn back to the list some years from now and see if those wishes came true. Make copies of your journal or parts of it and share it with your loved ones. Leave your journal to your children or your friends when you pass on. This is one of the true records of *you*.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder