Life has it’s magical times, but how often have you forgotten about the best bits? I haven’t been particularly thorough about writing them down, but I think it’s a good practice to pick out those special moments – to help the memory, but also to help reflection on just what is important in life. Often those moments are worth months of otherwise forgettable activity. Here are my notes from a Word document I haven’t modified since 2007…
Snoozing at Saltway house after the Chedworth 10km cross-country race. Lying next to each other on the grass. Warm summer day. Sense of fatigue born of achievement.
Riding through Romanian villages in the back of a pick-up truck.
Beside Lake Kivu receiving a text saying I’d got into Oxford.
A-level results day. Top of the year, straight As.
Getting a perfect score (70/70) in my first A-level Maths modular exam. Receiving a letter from the examining board asking me to consider a career in maths.
Watching the sunset over dinner beside the castle in Assisi in the summer of 2000. Hitch-hiking around, wandering through Assisi, buying a simple meal of fresh bread, olives, ham and cheese and sitting on the grass with all the plain below us and the rolling hills behind us. Thomas Berger.
Breakfast with Thomas at the Kipfer’s near Bern. Fresh yogurts. Overlooking the valley. Blissful. We’d hitchhiked there.
Drinking unpasteurised milk by the pint as we collapse on completing the 190 mile coast-to-coast walk in 11.5 days. Aged 16.
Hostile environments training day five.
Winning blades with the college first boat in Torpids 2006. Intensive week, so much time together. Snatching victory from defeat.
High Table at St Antony’s college after winning rowing blades in Torpids.