Repeat, Then Forget

“First poppies. All the next ones will be just a repeat.” As I read this line on Manja’s blog, my mind started going in all kinds of directions at once.

She was describing the spring’s first red poppies in her neighborhood of lovely Tuscany.

I commented, “Food for thought” to which Manja replied, “Yes, it’s like with peaches. Or strawberries. At least it used to be – now they are available all year round but the taste is lost…”

Isn’t that true for most of life’s experiences? The first time we see, taste or experience something is always the best, most memorable time.

Isn’t that one of the joys of childhood? Discovering everything the world has to offer, being thrilled with the small things in life – the same mundane things that later on in life seem boring to us since we’ve gotten so used to them.

Even the great things in life can get overdone and lose their glamour after too much of an abundance. (With the exception of chocolate, of course!) Getting what we want has never been easier than in today’s world.

And isn’t that at the root of why many people travel? To find something new, something exotic, yet unexperienced, to capture that magic of discovery and unfamiliarity again.

“All the next ones will be just a repeat.” So true. Still, we seem to have forgotten about all those summer flowers by the next winter and are able to find joy again the next spring at the sight of the very first flower buds. Like a reunion with a long-lost friend, seeing those first spring flowers all over again feels so special.

I suppose it’s a good thing we’re able to forget, in order to rediscover. Sometimes all we need is to be made to wait, and our inner child will come out.

Thanks, Manja, for the inspiration!

29 responses to “Repeat, Then Forget

  1. Ah, I’m so glad I made a little wave that reached you. 🙂 And you waved back. This is true and obvious in so many ways. They have us all in check. One of the things I’ve noticed is removing the thrill of a single cartoon from children. Imagine that: they can watch as many as they wish in a row online – if parents allow, or when they are desperate enough to allow. Another thing is watching full concerts on YouTube the next day after you experienced the same concert live in person. With repetition things lose their meaning. Some. Not love, and not chocolate. 😉

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  2. How true. In a way, we love changes. If we keep experience the same thing every day it becomes something we want to run away from even though we may love it so much at the first few times with it. Ironic, that is how we are.

    Very nice pictures you have!

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  3. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy travelling so much – to experience something new, unfamiliar and exotic. The world is so much smaller now than in our parent’s days being able to travel far with comparative ease. By the way, I love your butterflies – I have been trying to photo some recently but they never keep still enough or, if they do, they fold their wings!!

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    • These butterflies didn’t stay still, either. I think at some point I tried the serial shot mode for a quick succession of shots – more likely to hit a good moment! 😊 Good luck! And thanks for reading, as always, I really appreciate it!

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  4. In this case some mild form of Alzheimer would be a blessing, haha.
    I love spring for this: for the new wonder of life, again and again. I wonder, how those living in the warm climate do it. But hey, they look happy too 🙂

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  5. 🙂 🙂 Thank you for this article.

    I only recently gained an interest in blogging. Originally I was interested only so I could share my own knowledge and give advice to travellers-to-be. Now I’m beginning to realise that blogging is not just about self-expression, but more importantly, being a member of a community. I really enjoyed this article because until now I was unaware that bloggers respond to one another in such a way.

    I guess you learn something new every day.

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    • Thanks for your comment! When I started, I had no idea about the blogging community either. I thought I was going to be blogging for an anonymous audience of whoever happens to find my blog. But it turned out quite differently! 🙂 I’ve come to know (in an online sense) many of the regular readers of my blog, and most of them are bloggers themselves – interacting with them (almost daily) is actually the best thing about blogging for me now! In addition, you get the self-expression part, too. 🙂

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  6. And that is exactly why I don’t like going back to places I have visited before, especially when those were incredible experiences. When you have a wonderful time somewhere, it is hard to duplicate it. Plus, the expectations are high, which means disappointment is easy to follow. 🙂

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    • Good point! I sometimes like to go to places without knowing much about them beforehand, so that I can just wander around, discover things spontaneously and be surprised 🙂 It also applies for movies and books, the less I know beforehand, the fewer expectations I have, which is good!

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  7. Such a great post, and lovely photos! I adore the one with the fluttery wings. Alive and vibrant. After reading this I will have something with which to counter my frustrations over my poor memory! 😀 And those childhood memories sure are special.

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