in the blink of an eye

What was the last moment that caught you off-guard and made you realize that you were IN the moment? Why are some moments more memorable or recognizable than others? Which moment in the video hit you the hardest?

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One response to “in the blink of an eye

  1. Looking back at the moments that have been more memorable I would say that it makes a difference whether or not I realize that it’s happening when it’s happening. To be in one of those moments and have the “Whoa.” register let’s me acknowledge and remember more about the moment than if I were to look back and draw it from memory, even if it happened just a few seconds ago. While my memory isn’t nearly as good as many others’, the moments that I vividly remember fall into this category.

    The last time this happened wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy. I was out running in Cincinnati after only a few days of living here and I got turned around on my way back home. Somehow I ended up on the Columbia Parkway, running on a sidewalk that was more of a shouler that was 2-3 feet wide. On one side of me was 4-6 lanes of two-way traffic; the other side of the sidewalk was a retaining wall. There wasn’t anything particularly special about the moment (aside from knowing that I wouldn’t be running on Columbia Parkway again anytime soon). What made it a moment for me was knowing that it would be one of those ridiculous stories that I would be able to tell years from now about how I got lost my first weekend living in a city. I can still see crystal clear snapshots of some twisted metal I jumped over, cars coming around a curve, and brush hanging over the retaining wall. I remember the feel of the wind from the cars flying by me and the tenseness in my left arm as I ran with it as close to the wall as I could without scraping it. It seems like a bit of an odd moment to store away in the memory bank, but it’s there for now.

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