Why Can’t I Remember Fireworks

“It took me this long to understand that I cannot remember every beautiful moment in this life of mine, just like you cannot remember yours either.”


Last night, on the banks of the Christiana River in Wilmington, Delaware, I sat in the moist evening grass, gazing at the magnificence of the firework spectacle in front of me. As I tried to appreciate the beauty, I continued to get lost in my head; my thoughts continuously producing the same words over and over. I thought, “why can’t I ever remember how fireworks look?” Generally speaking, I can, but just generally.

I’ve been there before, so many events in my past where I remember the event in a general sense, I remember that there were fireworks, but for a reason unknown to me, I don’t remember the details of the colorful sparkling streams and thundering explosions. Why? Could it be that the shutter speed of a magnificent brain is too slow to process mere fragments of time? Could it be that the sight of something so beautiful lasts only long enough for you to know that it existed, yet not enough to give you detail?

Last night meant more to me than just fireworks and a celebration of independence. It was a a feeling of soulful depth and extreme insight into the predisposed human condition. It took me this long to understand that I cannot remember every beautiful moment in this life of mine, just like you cannot remember yours either. Yet, there are some moments that we so easily recall, without effort.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could wash away the bad and mediocre memories, and replace them with a 3-second long clip of a bursting firework? Our mind chooses to hold onto thoughts when we tell it, and the rest it decides on its own. I never remember the details of the firework shows of my past, but my conscious effort last night has what I saw burned into my brain, and I hope permanently. There was nothing like the pounding finale that I saw.

The lesson here is to remember is that we can in fact choose to accept a permanence of wonderful moments. We can hold onto the good, just as easily as we can the bad. The how is by making an effort to focus on that moment. It isn’t enough to see it, you have to see and hold on to it. Try to do this more with the good ones and less with the bad. Change your mind and you can change your life!

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Until the next time and next topic, be happy


Author: erichrallen

A pragmatic individual at core, I try to remain as grounded as possible in all things. Two aspects of my life that I have learned to foster and cultivate over time are balance and moderation. I believe the keys to solid relationships are the abilities to listen, communicate, respect, and take action to make things right. I'm a 37-year-old North Easterner, settled in Delaware, working as a professional, and maintaining a relationship and entrepreneurship together. Find me on LinkedIn

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