Visualization is the Way to Trigger Memory

There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life — how are you going to remember them all?


One second every day is what Cesar Kuriyama has been recording since he turned 30. When he’s 40, he’ll have an hour long video that captures his entire 30s. When he’s 80, it’ll be 5 hours long.

Can you imagine what he’ll see? The camera he’ll use to record his life? What his grandchildren will think?

Could you see yourself doing a project like this? You should try it. I’m going to.


At least for the next 40 days of Lent (starting Feb. 13) I’m going to record a video clip every day. At the end, I’ll compile them and share what I captured and learned on the journey. Then we’ll see if it’s something I want to continue.

Think about it. Consider joining the journey or creating your own version. Could be illuminating!

  • Imahni

    His idea is very interesting but at the same time, I’d like to play devil’s advocate for a minute: What if you don’t want to remember your day? There are many times when I’m happy to let memories fade with time. It would certainly be an interesting experiment though; it’s almost like a new way to “journal” every day. I’m excited to see what you create!

    • tasra

      Ah, but what I think he’s saying is that even if you think now you don’t want to remember a day … years later you will want to see more than just the highlights and interesting moments. You will want to have a more full view of what life has been with all of its ups and downs. I think having only a second of each makes it palatable in the moment. Just a thought!