I know that "they" say that the sense of smell is technically your most powerful sense. That your nose and olfactory (big word!) system can detect and remember thousands of subtle scents and these can invoke memories.
Mine must be broken. It doesn't do it for me.
For me, it is music. I am the first to admit that I am terrible at knowing which artist sings a song, and being able to hear their voice and know it is them. The running joke in our family is that my standard answer to "who sings this song?" is Led Zepplin. (Name that show: You know....Led is hot!!!)
Some songs that invoke powerful memories....Hey Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms (takes me back to college); Angel (our first dance at our wedding); I Can't Smile Without You (I used to sing this to Bossy when he was in NICU); and You Are My Sunshine (Sassy's song!).
I love to dance around to music that really gets my blood pumping. And sometimes certain songs really make me feel like I can conquer the world. My current Anthem (and no laughing, people......):
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.
Seriously....it makes me think back to when I was 16, and I was a hot ticket, and the world was my oyster. I had my whole life ahead of me. I had so many plans and dreams. And it was all possible.
And for some reason, this song is making me think of my 20th High School reunion, which will be in 2012. And where I want to be by then. What image I want to portray to my former classmates.....my former boyfriend....
I want to be strong and confident. I want to go in as the hot ticket I was 20 years ago (but a sexier, more confident hot ticket....you know, that is what your mid to late thirties are all about!!). I want to go in there and be able to report how great things are...and mean it. Not that fluff that you just say because you don't want people to know the truth.
So, Katy Perry and I will be rocking it out. This song is keeping me going!!!
How about you? Do you have a song that just does IT for ya?? Do share!!! I can't wait to hear the results.