I am trying to write a reflective piece that brings light to major and transformative life events, thus the research needed to conduct this task is not in the form of your standard academic writing research. Rather, I have found myself contemplating interviews with my parents and siblings, as they have lived through it all with me. I have also been scavenging through my old Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts to collect summaries of rather large events. Most of my research includes efforts to restore memory.
There is a major roadblock in my research, however.
The problem with memory is that it is malleable. Between my 5 family members and I, we would be lucky to restore the memory of a historical event to the exact precision of which it happened. And when it comes to looking at old social media posts, who even knows how much I might have exaggerated the circumstances?
A story changes a little bit every time it is told. If you tell it many times, how far from the truth can it get?
Similarly, everyone remembers and thus, experiences things a little differently. For example, when 9/11 happened and I was just 4 years old, my take and experience on that day was a heck of a lot different from my 14 year old sisters.
I have come to this question in my project: Do I want to tell stories as they are skewed by my own memory, recalling things in a way that is through one view, and one set of eyes only? Or would I rather get multiple opinions and open the conversation up with my family, friends, and others to really try to identify the exact existence of an event of my history? And which of these will leave me with a more touching piece to look back on in 20 or 30 years?
So, you asked “How’s the research coming?”
And I say “It’s coming.”