Which memory in life most matters to you?
In what is dementia awareness week, the Alzheimer’s research charity BRACE is asking people to record a memory that’s important to them.
I had a long hard think. How to choose? Something recent. Something from childhood. Something amusing. Something poignant. Which one of my memories best says who I am? Which one would best help raise awareness?
It was a multiple choice question with a multitude of different possible answers.
Then a few days ago I set off for a run on what was a glorious spring morning, full of sunshine and clear blue skies.
Part of the route was across open heathland, a rolling common of gorse, ferns and heather, bordered by woodland. The bluebells were at their best, a dense carpet of colour, broken only by a few narrow winding paths.
As I jogged along lost in thought and enjoying this tranquil unspoilt scene, a herd of wild ponies appeared, walking in single file – bays and chestnuts, a single grey. I stopped to watch as they made their way, silent and unconcerned, tails swishing, in the dappled sunlight.
There wasn’t another soul around to witness their gentle progress – nature in its raw untamed beauty.
It cost me nothing, yet was priceless.
The magic moments in life are the memories I treasure most.