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Following on closely behind the Ice Bucket challenge, there now seems to be nominations for posting five photos to FB that make us smile. I am sure like me, many of you have found it extremely difficult to choose just five.   There are just too many photos that make me smile and make me happy.

There are many photos that have been taken over the years that make me smile. However, the good thing about this challenge, apart from the fact that it doesn’t involve having a cold bucket of ice thrown over me is it has meant I have flicked through lots of photos over the years, not just the ones on FB but also good old fashioned printed photos.

It is very rewarding to see the constant things in my life such as my friends, family and animals and I am sure that is the same for everyone else who has been nominated to select five photos. Yes, we have all changed, dare I say even grown older, moved, lost loved ones, but it just goes to show that whatever life throws at us it goes on and it is the constants in our lives that make us happy and thrive.

I recently attended a reunion from a work place that involved a lot of travel and living overseas for a period of time over a five year period which meant we made lots of new friends and met a lot of new people.  Many of us have kept in touch over the years but naturally with busy lives and people moving on it has not always been possible to keep in touch with everyone.

The beauty of reunions is they reunite people that have lost touch with each other.  At this particular reunion I met up with some people that I had not seen for 26 years and remarkably we all continued chatting like we were only together just yesterday. I’m sure many of us have attended these events, and people are usually asked to send in photos ahead of the reunion so they can be shown on the day or night.  It is incredible that just by looking at a photo all the memories come flooding back, the laughter, the tears, joy or excitement, especially if a song is also being played that was popular at that same time.

It is always great to join a reunion and reminisce but that is exactly what it is, reminiscing over how life was back then in the past. I like to look back but I sometimes think there is a danger to forget that we still have the rest of our lives to live and there is of course that wonderful thing we have called the present to create even more wonderful, happy and new memories. Also I can’t help wondering if we can sometimes over romanticise the past.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how the past is viewed and what you think of reunions.

In the meantime, let’s keep making many happy memories. After all, I believe it’s what life is for and I hope you enjoy the following clip. Time to reminisce on this dark Monday evening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNEcQS4tXgQ

Wishing everyone a love filled happy week.

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