10 People Share The One Moment From Their Past They’d Choose To Relive If They Had The Chance

Margot Gabel
Margot Gabel

1. “My girlfriend and I have been dating for about 7 years now—but we’ve known each other since we were 13. Sometimes we’ll go on a reminiscing binge and ask each other a lot of funny ‘Hey, remember when…’ scenarios from middle and high school. I would love to relive the time I first met her—even just for a second, with the knowledge of where we’d be years from then.”

— Charlie, 24

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2. “The moment I discovered the piano. I’d always felt incredibly average and unaccomplished until I sat down at that instrument. It made me feel like a different, happier, better version of myself automatically. That was it for me. It changed everything.”

— Brian, 21

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3. “The party after my high school graduation. I went to an incredibly small school, so our senior class was very close. I lost contact with a lot of them when we all left for college, and a couple of them have actually passed away. None of us knew at the time, but that party was the last time all of us would be together.”

— Sofia, 20

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4. “Telling my parents I got into college. I’m the first member of my family to get a higher education and it was the first time I’ve ever seen my dad cry.”

— Philip, 21

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5. “I get a high almost every time I perform on stage, but the undisputed best moment of my theatrical career/entire life is when I played a very minor role in my high school’s production of 12 Angry Men. There were maybe 120 people in the audience, we could only afford a very basic lighting system, and our ‘costumes’ were whatever we could piece together from home. But that performance, specifically, felt like falling in love.”

— Noah, 22

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6. “I was going through a weird existential crisis and decided to go skydiving. There’s this one moment after we jumped, right before the instructor released the parachute, where we were free falling for maybe 2 or 3 seconds and I could see the Earth’s horizon and everything was silent and looked like it was in slow motion. I swear it cured me. I’ve never felt more alive.”

— Jesse, 21

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7. “I was bullied a lot in middle school. One day at lunch when I was feeling particularly miserable, this boy I’d never spoken to or really seen before in the grade above me sat down at my table and started talking to me suddenly. It only happened that one time, but I’ll never forget that small, incredibly thoughtful gesture. I never thanked that guy and I really, really wish I had.”

— Joey, 21

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8. “When I was like 13 or 14, I used to think it was soooo uncool to hang out with my parents. I would do anything to get out of spending too much time with them. Now, years later, I really regret that mindset. I miss my parents and I wish I could go back to that time when they forced me to sit on the couch for family movie night.”

— Mindy, 20

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9. “The first time I ever read Harry Potter. I’m a massive, MASSIVE Potterhead and it is the foundation for why I’m friends with the majority of the people I surround myself with. I’ve reread the books an innumerable amount of times, and although the *magic* (pun intended) has never faded for me, I wish I could relive the first time I read the series.”

— Lucy, 20

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10. “The first time my parents let me go out to a dinner and a movie with my friends without any adult supervision. I was 11 (I know, it’s been years), but I still recognize that night as the first time I really felt independent and grown up. I value dinners with friends over any other kind of outing.”

— Ari, 23 TC mark

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