The “Most Awesome Moments” of my life – so far

InquireWithinEverybody has down days. It’s raining, you can’t get warm and dry. Maybe your car has a flat, or you’re just in the doldrums and nothing can revive your good spirits. When I’m having “a day,” certain circumstances dictate that I make a beeline for a brownie, a cup of hot coffee with cream, and my personal list of my life’s “Most Awesome Moments.”

A couple decades ago I considered becoming a life coach. Then I took a really good look and knew in an instant I’d have to put my own crazy existence right before I could ever help someone else find balance in theirs. (Excellent choice, Molly.) So I began to try to make sense of my world, and one of the behaviors I acquired in an effort to move in the right direction was to get organized. And how I accomplished that was to create … lists.

Since that time I’ve become a big fan of lists. I’m a list person. Scribbling notes like this worked for me beyond my expectations, and I use them to organize my day (as if), my tasks, my goals, birthdays, anniversaries and events I want to remember and acknowledge.

The truth is, my list habit goes deeper than what I want to accomplish on any given day. One of the best inventories I maintain is always within reach, kept safely folded away in my Appreciation Journal (which I wrote about in a recent post.) This is my favorite record. This special list contains a catalogue of the most moving, touching, meaningful events I’ve ever experienced. Hence the name, Most Awesome Moments.

I’ve often lost my way, but it’s been a very long time since I felt I lost myself. May not sound all that huge to you, but I consider it a personal accomplishment, and I owe much to keeping a written memory of the times that have defined me. The times I’ve felt the most loved, moments when I glimpsed what I suspect to be the true meaning of life, or when nature gave me a peek of something absolutely spectacular. I have a sneaking feeling that each of these events have acted as a beacon. The Universe nodded, a door opened, and I walked through – in these special moments – and I remembered. Who I am.

If you haven’t already, I invite you to create your own list of the incredible, wonderful, funny, loving events of your life (so far). Times that changed you. Occurrences that formed the person you are today. And during those inevitable rough patches we all know so well, you can use your list to remind yourself of good times, one exquisite minute after another. Remember how you felt, revisit the marvelous moments. You can go there again, and the trip will also remind you that there are, indeed, more fabulous incidents to come.

As writers, we can also repurpose deep feelings – the awe, the astonishment, the pure joy, the jolt of being humbled by something larger than yourself. We can transfer these emotions to our characters. We can flesh out the people who populate our stories by providing them with experiences that define their lives. We can transfer our deepest feelings to our beloved heroes and heroines and by doing so, show our readers the situations that molded them.

Although I don’t have children, I have tucked my Most Awesome Moments in with my will. I hope someone will read them aloud at my funeral, and that some of the people I shared happy times with will be in attendance. I plan to pass through the veil listening to a catalogue of the joy I experienced while I was in this world.

Please take the time to leave a comment – I’d love to hear at least ONE of the most awesome moments of YOUR life! I will post my personal list next week.

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17 Responses to The “Most Awesome Moments” of my life – so far

  1. Phantomimic June 1, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Great idea Molly, I don’t keep lists but I do remember my most awesome moments. One of them happened a long time ago. I partied with my friends all night on December 31th into January 1st, and them climbed to the top of a nearby hill overlooking the city. We all held hands and sang songs while watching the sunrise, it was a beautiful experience in so many ways, it was, well…awesome.

    Take care.


    • Molly Greene June 1, 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Phanto, thanks so much for your read & taking the time to comment! Life itself is awesome, but sometimes I forget to notice. My “list” reminds me of the simple, wonderful stuff – like friends!

  2. Jason Timerson September 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Great article! Thank’s a lot.. I’ll definitely try this method as currently I’ve been all over the place. I’m sure it will help with my study, work, children, & everything else!

    • Molly Greene September 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      Thank you Jason for visiting – have fun writing your list!

  3. sulekha February 19, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Enjoyed reading your article, molly. I think I will also make a list of my life’s awesome moments. I used to write about three things that made me happy in my journal of smiles on my website

  4. Heather Dugan March 3, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    It’s interesting also to consider how aware we are of the significance of those pivotal moments when in the midst of them. I think that recognizing those past experiential gifts can enhance how we receive those that follow. Well written, Molly.

    • Molly Greene March 3, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      I’ve tried to train myself to be present so I won’t miss lovely things … sometimes it works :-O Thanks so much for the read and comment, Heather!

  5. Raelene Hall June 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Very thought provoking blog Molly and would love to be more of a list person. Will have to make more of an effort and love the idea of the most awesome moments of my life list.

  6. john July 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    THank you for such an awesome article. I have mental lists in my head and i should write more down. A memorable moment was going back to where a lot of my childhood was and being able to tear the house down that I visited quite often and seeing how the neighbourhood was changing for the better. Thank you Molly for an awesome read. Hugs XO :))

  7. Annie Quinty August 16, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    This is a very nice post and and a wonderful reminder that we should all make a list of our most awesome moments. Funny you mention Jay Brannan because not only is he a favorite singer of mine but also someone I find endearing.
    I think there’s big awesome moments in a life but also small ones.
    Amongst those I have noted in my journals are several sunsets that left me breathless and in tears and songs that made my soul listen.

    • Molly Greene August 16, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      I agree Annie, about the smaller magnificent moments. I think we need to train ourselves to appreciate these. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, they make my day!

  8. Diane Hughes August 16, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but I’m glad I found it today. Sometimes when I read your posts, it’s as though you are right there in my head. I’m glad to have found a kindred spirit who can share these words of wisdom. I need to get started on that list now. It’s in my head, but I need to get it on paper. Thanks, Molly!

    • Molly Greene August 16, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Hi Diane! I can’t wait to read your list – would make a great blog post for you!!

  9. Rob Mullin July 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    5 years ago and the birth of my only child. I can still remember every moment of the first time I held him and looked up at me and I can still feel the chills from that experience.

    • Molly Greene July 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      I love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Jo Ellen Roe September 8, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Who would guess that something as mundane as a list could turn into a spiritual adventure? This is a great post. It really made me think.


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