Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

I realize I will never again know who I am in current photographs (prosopagnosia) without using broad clues such as background and clothing.  Due to only remembering faces from before (anterograde) my stroke (acquired), I always recognize myself in younger pictures.  However, logically, I will continue to age.  Even if I were to never again change my hair color or style, my face will change.  Aging is inevitable.  There are lines and creases that continuously alter how we appear.  It’s a fact of a life well lived.  

My image as a young woman will always be recognizable when flipping through photo albums.  I identify with these pictures from years gone by. Ana_122000 This image of what I looked like then is frozen in my mind forever.  It is the face I will always expect to see when I catch a glimpse of myself today.  Still, fortunately, I am able to remember the happy thoughts created each and every day.  In the end, these memories are much more beautiful and meaningful than any photograph we could ever take.

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