There are hundreds of random happy moments in life, some are very obvious like a blowing out birthday candles or attending a wedding but some just pass by in the blink of an eye without really being recorded to memory to look back on in later years.
In 1995 I was 17 and didn't always realise how happy I was, I left college and didn't have any sort of plan. I worked in a supermarket and spent many hours with my friend Sarah sitting around chatting, often moaning about our un-exciting lives and trying to come up with a plan or find some nice men. Ideas we discussed (with no real plan of doing them) were going to America to be au-pairs or getting a job on a cruise ship! Of course we did neither of those things, we continued going to the pub and generally being bored.
I've said for years that looking back 1995 was one of my favourite years, we had no responsibilities and we didn't go to college much so we pretty much just faffed around. I didn't appreciate it at the time as much as I should.
Except on one day,
Sarah and I along with Aaron and another old friend went to Camber Sands for the day. It was the 8th of October. We wandered along the beach, ate and drank and played frisbee. I hated playing games as I was self concious, and unfit so I walked off through the sand dunes and sat down to watch. I still don't really know what it was about the day but as I sat looking out to see I thought that it was a perfect moment. So perfect in fact that I should remember it forever.
Randomly in that pre-digital era I even had a camera...
It was really very warm for October and I was amazed at our luck of having chosen to go the the beach on a warm sunny day at that time of year. I watched the others running around and messing about and everything seemed good. I sat there pondering whatever random stuff was going through my head and vowed to never forget that moment, I hoped the photo would come out and do it justice. I wondered if I really would remember it or if I'd forget it like millions of other moments which pass. I wondered if in many years to come I'd still look back and remember sitting on that beach. I hoped I would so I vowed not to forget.
The spell was broken when the others called to see what I was doing but the moment stayed with me, I never said anything to them, they'd probably have thought I was crazy!
On the way home I sat next to Aaron in the back of the car after a while he reached across and held my hand. It was the very start of our relationship, a few days later we became an official couple.
Written for this weeks Gallery, the prompt was 'A happy moment'