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  • Souvenirs from Earth

    In Douglas Coupland's wonderful book Generation X, Elvissa says at one point:

    "... after you're dead and buried and floating around whatever place we go to, what's going to be your best memory of Earth?... What one moment for you defines what it's like to be alive on this planet. What's your takeaway?" and then she goes on to say "Fake yuppie experiences that you had to spend money on like white water rafting or elephant rides in Thailand don't count. I want to hear some small moment from your life that proves you're really alive."

    Of course, there then follow exquisite jewels of prose which totally tap into the idea of mono no aware I talked about last time. So I got to wondering 'what is my moment?' and of course as I started to think about it, various things arose from my memories, but I simply couldn't choose. So I decided to write them down in a way that wouldn't favour one moment over another, and ended up buying a circular card index and writing down a load of (positive!) memorable moments. It was a very enjoyable exercise, and one which will feed into my journalling - I recommend it!

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