Remembering a Life

jfk1Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. Many people still have the vivid memory of what they were doing and where they were when the news of his death first broke.

The celebration of his life and the legacy he left behind are the things we need to focus on, instead of the tragedy of his death and the conspiracy theories behind it. Although I am much too young to have experienced effect he had on people while he was living, the policies and beliefs he held while in office, or the constant speculation and reporting on his private life, I can still appreciate the man by indelible legacy he left behind.

“The greater our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance unfolds.”jfk

The assassination of JFK is one of those events where people will always remember what they were doing and where they were. I was not born at that time, but some moments that happened in my lifetime, I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. Some of them include, The OJ Simpson car chase, the death of Princess Diana, and the attack on the World Trade Center. It is kind of sad, that for many people, myself included, tragic events are what trigger vivid memories. But, in a way, it is kind like PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), that the overwhelming emotion of a moment triggers flashbacks to what happened during that event in your life. More often than not we remember sad times instead of happy moments. Maybe we need to shift our focus, and try to place an emphasis on remembering the times when we were truly happy, so that one day we can look back and remember that feeling and why it brought us such joy.

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