They say that negative memories create more of an impact than positive ones. I know this to be true because I can think of countless days that I would rather die than live over again. A particularly brutal stomach bug, a loss of a family member, a terrible bought of period cramps. These experiences are much easier to recall. It’s not that I don’t have a surplus of great, mind-blowing experiences, but they are much harder to think up on command.
My answer would probably be much like any other average person’s: a memorable vacation or particularly enjoyable holiday. Unlike some of my more unpleasant days, however, I can’t really recall some of the specifics of these supposedly amazing days. When I revisit my trip to Scotland last spring, I can vaguely remember what I did: visit the Edinburgh Castle, go to the most hilarious club of my life, The Hive, etc. More overpowering than those memories though is the overarching feeling of joy at being in a new country with amazing sights and amazing friends. That feeling, and the aching of my feet at walking so freakin’ much, is what I really remember. When I think back on my trips to Disney World, on the other hand–which were some of the most magical days of my whole life–I can’t remember any details whatsoever. I vaguely recall liking certain rides and meeting certain characters, but I can’t remember where we ate or stayed or even what it looked like to walk through Magic Kingdom. I just remember feeling overwhelmingly awestruck by its entirety.
That’s not to say that I would choose to live a day in Disney World over and over again. Unless I could nit-pick some very important details. First of all, I would need to be guaranteed that, despite the memories I would retain, it wouldn’t physically feel like I was living the same day. That’s to say, my feet wouldn’t hurt and I wouldn’t be overwhelmingly exhausted after a couple of weeks. If I could wake up everyday feeling well rested, then I would absolutely choose a day in Disney World. It may seem like this would get old after a while. I’m sure it would, but being able to people-watch and witness children experiencing Disney for the very first time would definitely keep the magic alive. Everything in the parks is meticulously cultivated to create the best experience possible for its visitors, so I would be basically ensured a great time everyday.
I wouldn’t voluntarily choose to live the same day over and over again. I might regret saying this someday, but I’d like my timeline to remain moving forward. But if I absolutely had to choose, a day from one of my many trips to Disney World (literally any day) would make the cut.
I am currently a junior at William Paterson University. I am studying Communications with a concentration in PR and I have no idea what I want to do with my degree. Before William Paterson I attended Ithaca College for a year and a half.