✌✓♬ — was it posted? it looks blank, but peace sign, check mark, musical note.

Yeah, it posted. 🙂

Childhood memory – driving in an orange VW bug to the rural area of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with my uncle on our way to a little farm town where we often spent our December holidays. It was my grandfather’s place. But the most poignant part of the memory is the soundtrack of Staying Alive playing on the cassette player. Till today those songs trigger a strong sense of nostalgia.

Something weird about myself – I was watching Monk with my niece recently, and she exclaimed “Who notices stuff like that???” when Monk described the detail of a particular pebble that he had seen in his psych’s room. And I responded by saying, “Me!” She just said “Oh…” and was quiet after that. I notice these painful details and can work them back into a conversation with such ease that I usually get weird looks from people in the process. 

Song that takes me to a memory – This actually happened last night when I was flipping channels on TV looking for news on what’s happening in Greece, and one of the stations had Ghost on. The theme song Unchained Melody was playing. That was a bitter sweet moment. It reminded me of the person I was intending to marry, who subsequently stabbed me in the back because her parents didn’t approve, despite her intense disapproval of her parent’s views.

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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