One Thousand Words and One Million Memories

Shai Carter is a student at Mississippi State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying with ISA in London, England.

Of course we have all heard the famous saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I’ve never felt this saying to be more accurate than when I stumbled across Westminster Abbey. There are so many historical things that have happened in this very location. The reality of the fact that I was standing right where some the most memorable moments in history were made, not only in the United Kingdom, but in the entire world, felt completely beyond my grasp or full understanding.

And yes, I will always have a picture from history right in my little hands to own and carry with me for however long I may allow, but the picture isn’t what’s most important. It is the memory behind the picture that means everything. If I lose the picture or it begins collecting dust, it will just be a lost or dusty picture. But the memory I have of going to this place is something that can never be lost within my heart, and it will never get dusty and forgotten.

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

So yes, the picture is worth a thousand words and then some, but the memories that have taken place in this very location and all of the history behind it is what matters most. At one point, I made myself put my camera down and just enjoy the moment so I can have a memory to remember. Sometimes we get so caught up in having proof that we are in the moment that we actually forget to be in the moment. And while I love my pictures that I will take back and show off, I love the memory I will have of when I went to Westminster Abbey even more. And who know– maybe I could be the next historical figure who’s been there!

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