Monday, July 24, 2006

The Fog of Memory

Sometimes places and people change dramatically with the distance of time...even if they don't change at all.

Perceptions of your reality all share a piece of common ground. They are your perceptions. Based on your environment, your memories, your situation. Everything we see throgh our eyes is subject to interpretation by our own brain. The curse of the perfection-seeking artist is that he can not control the perceptions of his audience. Therefore, he can never perfectly portray any thing...not a color, not a thought, not a sound.

The same holds true for the times we share in this world. You have pleasant memories of a place for many reasons, and not all of them have anything to do with the place.

2 comments:

Alessia Brio said...

That's one of the reasons I've not (yet) returned to Jamaica. I'm afraid the magic will be gone. It's also the reason I've not cracked any of my favorite books since I started to read with a writer's eye.

Sherri said...

I've had it happen so often that I no longer fear it. I'm still glad that it happens because I learn each time. Not all learning is pleasant, but it's worth the doing. And I'm glad of it.