Fond memories.

I just watched this video and it made me smile. I’m not entirely sure I get what it’s trying to achieve, whether it is just a simple exercise to make people remember the good things in life or if there is more to it. I’m taking it at face value. I’m issuing another challenge. It doesn’t take any effort, no photos, no videos, just remembering. Like this video, I want you to remember something that you’ve seen, done or heard, a smell, a song, some food, an experience that even years later, makes you smile. You can share it with myself and other blog readers in the comments if you like, or you can just remember it yourself and bring that smile back.

Surprisingly, mine isn’t something that happened with friends or my family, it wasn’t naked on a beach, it was when I was alone. I’d been living in London for a year or so and had just done my first winter over there and was craving some sunshine. With budget airline options in Europe I took myself off to Nice in France for a long weekend of sunshine. I’m always at my happiest when I’ve been in the sun. Stupidly I went for a three hour walk with no sunscreen on my first morning and got very sunburnt but that didn’t stop me enjoying the rest of the weekend. One evening I was walking around from the beach towards the harbour and as the path went around the headland the footpath widened¬† a lot and had a round sunken area with some seating around it. It was early evening and the sun was setting with that magical glow and beautiful colours. In the middle of the round sunken area sat an old battered portable stereo playing some beautiful music and around it were about 5 couples of various ages, mostly older in their 50′s and 60′s all dancing a tango or something.

The whole combination of a stunning setting with the colourful sky over a vast Mediterranean Sea, an unexpected show of very natural joy and affection of old couples dancing together and feeling warm and content made me just stop and soak it up for about 20 minutes. To this day, 10 years later, it makes me smile.

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

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