I remember this old saying as I thought of some people I used to know.
“Don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future”
But thinking back to all of them, there’s a lot of people who have disappeared completely. I have vague memories of them showing moments that we shared a long time ago which reminded me of who they were, yet who they are now completely escapes me.
Then again, did I really remember those moments correctly? Did my memory stand the test of time or were some details fabricated to make up for what I forgot? Since I realized that much of the details (as I dug further back) became less apparent and more subtle, evasive even.
One of the oldest memories I had was of Preschool and being under the slide with some classmates as we huddled together in a group. Thinking back now, I don’t remember their names, their faces nor even the exact number of girls and guys that were under there. All I remember was that we were under the slide and we were huddled together playing “make-belief”.
So now in this present day, many years later, I assume that they didn’t make it to my future because I “remembered” them from my past and they’re not here.
But really, did I remember them? No.
If I had a photo of Preschool, could I pick them out? No.
Clearly, I don’t remember them at all and I’m sure not many of us remember things that far back either. So then what’s to say that those people aren’t in my present or won’t be in my future?
I don’t even remember them and that opens up the possibility that they could be one of my friends now and I wouldn’t even know it.