I’m a really forgetful person. Ask my friends and they’ll tell you how I forgot about things they’ve told me about themselves and sometimes even the fondest memories we’ve shared. It’s not that I think they’re not important, there’s just really something awfully wrong with my brain. It chooses to remember everything about school and forget everything important about my friends. I don’t know where this all started but as far as I can remember (which isn’t that much) I’ve been one clueless, wide-eyed and ignorant little girl ever since I was a child. I remember my brother testing my spelling skills one sunny afternoon, asking me to spell “I’m”. I wrote “Aym” instead. Oh how I fondly remember my brother laughing at me. He still does that to me these days, not with word-spelling of course, but with world-events and popular culture. This girl is just clueless!
Nevertheless if we traced it back to even before my childhood we’d arrive at my date of birth. In a useless attempt to cure this ignorance I’m going to figure out what happened on the year I was born! And you know what’s ironic? I was born on a day when Noureddine Morceli ran the world record of 3000m (7:25.11). Me, this slow-minded, forgetful girl was born on a day when a running world record was broken. Odd. Odd. Odd.
Anyway, what do we look into first? I say let’s check out movies! I love love LOVE watching movies anyway (with lots of buttery and fatty popcorn… OMNOMNOM) Hm, so in 1994 these were the popular movies according to the site http://www.historycentral.com/20th/1994.html :
1. The Lion King
2. Forrest Gump
3. True Lies
4. The Santa Clause
5. The Flintstones
6. Clear and Present Danger
8. The Mask
9. Mrs. Doubtfire
…more than half of which I haven’t seen. I remember seeing these movies later on when I grew up enough to watch movies or television. I was so curious and I wanted to know what they were. I felt that out of place feeling whenever I saw them. They’d look really pretty to watch but I never really understood the story and I never did (until now…or maybe I just forgot again).
Maturing into a teenager (does that even make sense? Who MATURES to a TEENAGER?! Haha!) I’ve learned to look beyond myself and try to see beyond my comfort zone. The world became more daunting. There was more to discover, understand and resolve. Things became much more complicated as I saw what kind of issues existed in our country and in our world in general. I wasn’t even prepped enough to understand my own surroundings fully as a child yet time forces me to comprehend the issues that exist beyond me.
Here’s what I found:
South Africa holds first interracial national election (April 29); Nelson Mandela elected President.
Israel signs accord with Palestinians (May 4), peace treaty with Jordan (Oct. 17).
IRA declares cease-fire in Northern Ireland (Aug. 31). Ulster Protestants declare cease-fire (Oct. 13).
Serbs' heavy weapons pound Sarajevo (Jan. 5-6).T
Thousands dead in Rwanda massacre (April 6).
US sends forces to Persian Gulf (Oct. 7).
Russians attack secessionist Republic of Chechnya (Dec. 11 et seq.).
Information from: http://www.infoplease.com/year/1994.html#ixzz1nRjy1cx8
I split the events into two parts. The first one is about peace while the second one is about aggression or war. Clearly, there’s an equal distribution of events among the two. Looking at these, makes me remember how peace is never really achieved. Even as they sign those peace treaties who knows if a party was planning to break the agreement sooner or later? This is really depressing to think of really and yes, maybe I do plan on forgetting about these instead. Maybe that’s why I’m still this clueless, wide-eyed, and ignorant little girl. I evade these issues and head back to ignorance because every time I try to face them I end up singing “Is this the real life? Or is this a fantasy?” in my head, unsure if the world is really this messed up that people would kill one another. As I run away, I repetitively reason out to myself that “Ignorance is bliss” and that bliss is all that I want. But is it really?