Today’s topic is: “If your life flashed before your eyes, which three moments do you think you would see?”
We’ve all heard the stories and see reenactments on television. In a near-death moment, a person’s entire life chronologically flashes before their eyes. According to Wikipedia, this phenomenon is called a life review and it often has transformative consequences (for those who don’t actually die).
I’ve also heard that memories are most strongly attached to intensely emotional events, so my three moments would probably be…
The moment in 1987 when I lost my father.
He didn’t die, but his actions and words made it feel like he had. As a very young girl, I felt abandoned, angry, and confused. I was adrift in a storm that I couldn’t control and it felt horrible. And while my parent’s unpleasant divorce is now ancient history, the process of healing continues for me.
The moment I first fell in love (as an adult).
Throughout my youth, I thought that I loved many different someones, but they all paled in comparison to the feeling of knowing I was in love as an adult. It was the first time I didn’t doubt the intensity of my own feelings. It felt genuine. It felt like freedom. It felt heavenly. Nicholas Sparks, the prolific author of love stories, was right. It’s a feeling that never goes away.
The homebirths of my daughters in 2012 and 2014.
In those moments, I felt so many things all at once: exhausted, excited, nauseous, hot, cold, hungry, a little nervous, a lot of pain (but only for a little while), and a whole lot of love surrounding me. I was so happy to be at home and so thankful when we ended up with two healthy baby girls!
What would you see? Share your moments in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook
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