Ionce thought I had very vivid memories. Now I know I have flashbacks, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Usually caused by trauma, flashbacks transport you back to another time and place, complete with all the scents, sounds and emotions of the original experience.
The good part is that once you understand what’s happening and begin addressing the original issues, you can enjoy the flashbacks that aren’t traumatic. The only problem is that you can’t plan them, can’t avoid them and have no clue what will trigger them until the trigger’s been pulled.
Last week I was enjoying a sunny afternoon when a cricket transported me to a field surrounded by spruce trees during the opening ceremonies of the Siletz powwow.