At what point can an experience we have in life be called “special”? Receiving an award for a personal achievement, a night out with friends, being in a unique, personal place with a special person. Life is full of instances in time that make us feel a sense of euphoria, timelessness, nostalgia, excitement, so much so that while we’re in this point of ambient, positive energy, this juncture in time where we’re most confident, most happy, where we don’t feel judged, and we’re not judging others, we fail to realize that, “Hey, this is a moment, I’m here, everything I want, the people who I love, are here. Everything is going my way.”
Very rarely do we become introspective in these moments in time. Is this a good thing, or bad thing? Should we appreciate the aura that comes along with the present? Or should we continue to allow time to legitimatize the significance and sentimentality of the enraptured experiences we have in short periods of time? Because that’s what usually makes these times “a moment”. Is after time passes, after the high goes down, after we reenter reality with all of its petty stresses and anxieties, we look back, and can say with a deep sense of nostalgia, that that ceremony, that night out, that second in time that could never be relived, was “a moment”.
Those who have these feelings of nostalgia and sentimentality while the moment is happening, often admit that they’re wrong a lot. They’ll stop, look around, and amidst all of the laughter, happiness, love, positive vibes, they feel and cognitively think that this is something, this is special. They make themselves aware that the time they’re living in is “a moment”. But how could one determine that to be the case while in the present? How do we know that relatively speaking, that this is an instance that should stand out in our life as truly euphoric, sincerely special?
I often have moments of deep introspection while experiencing what I believe to be a special time to remember. But is that appreciation for the time I have? Because often it feels like realizing that we’re supposed to be happy and enjoying what could be a very special moment in our lives, seems to take away from the moment. My evaluation: The emotional investment that causes almost an obliviousness at any moment that is meant to be profoundly enjoyed, is a piece of bliss that adds to the moment itself. And when it comes to realizing how amazing a certain experience was, while said realization may take place later on, I do trust that our minds will prioritize what we need to remember and what we don’t, to distinguish between just an enjoyable experience, and what truly is “A Moment”.