Free Your Mind Monday…

I spent the entire weekend sitting on the couch, watching movies and TV shows and playing Angry Birds…and killing brain cells.  I don’t think I used one ounce of brain power all weekend.  I didn’t even cook anything more complicated that macaroni and cheese.  It was a nice, relaxing, restful weekend after the past three weeks of craziness.  But now my brain is ready for a little exercise.  So here we go…

26.  Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?

I hate impossible choices like this…but I guess that’s the point of these questions.  I wouldn’t want to lose my old memories.  There are people who were very important to me who have died and to lose all memory of those people would be horrible. It’s like they would be erased from my life forever.  But at the same time, I have a lot of years yet to live (I hope) and a lot of experiences I haven’t yet had.  I wouldn’t want to lose memories of getting married or having children…and grandchildren.  So as painful as it would be to lose the old memories, those are the ones I’d have to sacrifice .

27.  Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

No.   Think of it this way…I can hand you a box and tell you it’s empty, but until you open it yourself, can you really know for sure that it’s empty?  You can choose to accept an answer as the truth without challenging it, but in order to really know, you must challenge it.

28.  Has your greatest fear ever come true?

My greatest fear is dying in a horrible manner…like drowning or burning to death…so no, that hasn’t happened.

29.  Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

Yes…and no.  There was something that happened 5 years ago that caused me to be extremely upset.  It was something real and valid and meaningful.  The fact that I got so upset caused someone else to do something they might not have done otherwise and that decision changed both of our lives.  At the same time, there was something else that happened a little over 5 years ago that I lost sleep over at the time…and now, it doesn’t matter at all.  In fact, I didn’t even think about it until I had to answer this question.

30.  What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

There were so many happy memories that it would be impossible for me to only choose one.  I guess the ones that really stand out are the ones that include my entire family…parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…all together in one place.  These get-togethers happened a lot when I was a kid…sometimes at my great-grandmother’s with my mom’s family and sometimes at a restaurant or my aunt’s house with my dad’s family…but they were always loud and boisterous…and awesome.  Having everyone together in one place is what always made it special…especially since so many of those people are gone now and the gatherings just aren’t the same.

 

Wow…my brain is feeling better and more productive already.  That’s probably good since it’s Monday and it’s going to be a busy week.  I  hope you are all having as good of a Monday as me.