Time Traveling with Alzheimers

I was planning on a different track today. I had a post all planned out about a fascinating topic. It was well thought out and developed.

Oh well. Here goes this instead:

I’ve seen two movies in two days, don’t judge me!, and  I feel like they are a call to action. They aren’t award-winning films, although one is out now in theaters and may very well win awards. That’s not the point though. I am certainly no movie critic. No, what has me thinking is the message in both of those films.

One is about time travel. I am the least sci-fi person you’ll ever meet. I do not appreciate time travel movies. They do nothing for me. But it was a snow day and my daughter and I were siting together on the couch and it came on. Suffice it to say it was a love story weaved across different stages of the characters life. The interesting part is that he can relive any day and time and change the outcomes of various situations.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all could have that power? Awkward moments could be erased, we would always know the right thing to say. Accidents literally wouldn’t happen. Awesome, right?? That wasn’t the best part!! The pivotal came for me when at the end of the story he decides not to use his power so much, but instead to live everyday as though he has the power to change everything about it but doesn’t want to. Now, can you imagine that?? That’s awesome.

He really had me thinking. What a different way to approach the day. To live each moment as if that is the moment you have recreated for yourself to improve.

Which brings me to tonight’s movie. It was based on one of my most favorite books, Still Alice. It deals with early onset Alzheimer’s and the havoc it brings with it for the patient and their family. How awful a disease. How debilitating. It robs someone of their tomorrows by stealing their past. Memories gone. There could be no time travel for Alice, she wouldn’t know where to go.

Would I? Would you?

If one was to know for certain that tomorrow is unpredictable at best, would he live today doing his best to need no improvements?

Then it hit me.

Tomorrow is unpredictable. There is no certainty. Were good memories made, enough to last a lifetime?

Go make some memories,

Janie

A Time To…….

Timing is everything, or so they say.  A time for this or that.  Time either goes too fast, passing us by, or drags on and on.  Time can create space for us to heal or sneak up on us like a gust of wind. If only we could catch it and hold it in our hands.  If only……

Think about the lives that could have been saved because the cures came too late. What about the dreams interrupted because sunrise came too soon?   Is it possible to ever find peace with time?

I think there are specific moments in time that determine who we are.  There would be no way to predict when those instants might arise, just that they will.  It is our reactions, our instincts and guts that will define our character.

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Is our time well spent? It has been running out since we first got here.  Depressing?  No! Not at all!

It’s what forces us to stop every once in a while and refocus. To appreciate all that we have. To hold those we care about closely and to take nothing for granted.  Most of all, not to take time for granted. Okay, time to go.

Until another time,

Janie