A Tale of Memories

“When it’s all said and done, memories are all we have.”

I remember when I was very young I watched a spider crawl across the floor. I don’t remember any details, just a spider, crawling. I don’t know why I have this memory, I can only imagine I was struck in awe at the creature. I have no memories before this moment in my life.

I remember in kindergarten there was a kid who forgot his lunch and was crying, so I went over and shared my lunch with him. I remember the smile he had on his face afterwards vividly. He moved away at the end of the year and I never saw him again.

I remember being asked out by a girl in 2nd grade. I remember rejecting her because she didn’t like Pokemon. I remember never getting along with her after that.

I remember waking up in 4th grade, going out to the living room and saying good morning to my parents. I remember them not responding, their eyes glued to the TV. I remember the blank look on their faces. I remember the morning of September 11, 2001.

I remember in 6th grade crossing the finish line at one of my track meets. I remember coming in 2nd many times before that moment. I remember them announcing my name on the intercom the next day for getting 1st. I remember trying extremely hard not to smile.

I remember doing a group project in middle school with my friend Carly Stowell. I remember her writing a goofy song about a fictional town called Springsville. I remember singing that song to the melody of Meet the Flintstones to the entire class. I remember the laughter in that classroom. I remember Carly passing away a year later.

I remember in my freshmen year in a basketball game making a shot to put us ahead with 5 seconds left. I remember the other team getting the ball back and scoring a buzzer beater. I remember that massive high of pure bliss. I remember the agony I felt when I realized we lost.

I remember asking out a girl for the first time in 10th grade. I remember being extremely nervous and stuttering my sentence. I remember the instant relief I felt when she said yes.

I remember being rushed to the hospital my senior year of high school. I remember getting pushed to the front of the line and thinking how insane this situation was. I remember having a collapsed lung. I remember thinking about death seriously for the first time in my life.

I remember buying a guitar and learning how to play on my own. I remember the incredible frustration of not getting my hands to do what I wanted them to do. I remember the feeling when they finally did.

I remember playing a show for the first time in front of hundreds of people. I remember being on that stage thinking I had no idea what I was doing. I remember falling in love with music.

From purely goofy to profoundly meaningful, these are some of the richest memories I have at this moment in my life. I encourage everyone to write down their own memories and share them with the world. Our memories are fleeting, you never know when we may forget them all.

Fall Update 2015

Autumn is officially here and I couldn’t be happier. The cold and gloomy days give me plenty of reasons to stay home, drink a hot cup of coffee or tea, and work on writing new songs and blog ideas. It also gives me an excuse to wear my favorite sweater daily. Everything about this time of year really blends well with my life style.

My university graduation is getting close. Next April I’ll be in possession of a Bachelors Degree and jumping into the next phase of my life. I plan on staying in the greater Seattle area because I love it so much here, perhaps get a 1 bedroom apartment or a house with a couple friends, but life is so spontaneous sometimes- we’ll have to wait and see.

My music has been coming along slowly but surely. It’s been difficult with my busy schedule, so I’ve begun to commit Sundays purely to my music with the caveat of a couple hours for the Seahawk’s games. I’ll have 2 new acoustic songs I’m really proud of released before the end of the year. In addition, I have a new project on the horizon. Imagine a combination of Jack Johnson and Nujabes. Our first practice is this Sunday.

Work has been fine, but a bit uninteresting lately. Last week I sent out my first resume in over a year. I have my A+ Certification examine next month which I’ve been studying for rigorously. I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll pass. After that I have my sights set on a couple of other advance certifications. I think these will definitely help out my job prospects in advancing my career, but I figure I should try my luck before hand. You never know what opportunities await.

I’ve started dating again and its been exciting. I’m always amazed by the variety of colorful personalities and characters out there. I’ve made a couple new friends and several embarrassingly funny stories. I’ve seemed to open up a bit more in the last year or so and I think it’s definitely a positive change.

Some other goals I have for the fall:

-Take professional photos for my blog

-Create a consistent workout schedule

-Begin outlining business ideas

The next several months should be interesting. Can’t wait to see what they have in store.