As we endure day #20392402 of our lockdown in NYC, I realize that I’ve gone through enough negative thoughts. Thoughts about how our lives have been changed forever, thoughts about how we are going to have to adapt to the new normal, thoughts about how much I miss my friends and most likely wont be able to see them for a very long time. Thoughts about how everyone must be going stir crazy staying inside all day. So I came to a decision today: I’ve decided to write about and share one positive memory each day that I’m stuck at home. Each day I will talk about a memory that makes me happy, warm inside, and helps me hope for a better tomorrow. Positive affirmations and memories can carry us a long way, especially when the reality of life around us is bringing us down.
Today’s memory is of several years ago, when my best friends and I left school early to go to Dumbo, underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a beautiful area consisting of a walkway by the water, a pier, several restaurants as you walk down the strip by the water, and a gorgeous carousel, “Jane’s Carousel.” It’s something you might see in a movie, the perfect harmony of light and sound against the river behind. It’s a hot spot for photo shoots, romantic dates, and just a nice area to sit among your thoughts.
I still remember the carefree atmosphere all around us, as we sat at one of the wooden tables eating our McDonalds meals. We took obnoxious photos against the backdrop of the city, and laughed and laughed until we felt like our ribs would fall out. The sound of our carefree laughter echoed around us, as we took what we considered gorgeous photos back then. Thank goodness we did not post any of them. But that did not matter.
What matters is the vibrant atmosphere we felt all around us; we felt happy, carefree, and hopeful. Hopeful that when we would leave from there that night, we had strengthened our friendship even more. Hopeful that all we had discussed that day would resonate in our lives, the advice would be fruitful, and that we would remain best friends forever. I am humbled to admit that we are all still in each others lives, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What memory brings out your smile? 🙂