How many people stare at the rain and see the raindrops? How many sit on the beach and watch the wave crash? Why do we not watch a bird fly and wish to see what it sees? I wonder how the bird sees and feels the rain that I see? What do you see when you see the rain?
Questions! They are the most necessary constituent of a human mind, and essential for the progress of the same. Answering them is altogether another aspect of our mind, we, rational beings tend to give reasons for everything otherwise there is a huge amount of fluctuation in our neurones which we like to call chemical imbalance. Questions are what Yolanda De Iullis raise in her book ‘The Memoirs of I’ which is an account of her daily musings during the time period of one year. Her musings are not only questions, they are her dreams, visuals and thoughts. It’s the philosophy of a mind which I think is a great way to self-reflect in our lives.
The blurb at the back of the book tells a reader that this book is a perspective of our surroundings through another being’s senses but I’d add more to it. It’s just not the author’s perception but yours and mine. The musing she share with her readers in the form of questions are not only her thoughts but yours and mine. On reading her memoirs I noticed that her daily observations are unique to self yet we all carry these interesting and engaging thoughts in the back of our head which we keep dodging most of the time with unnecessary emotions. Additionally, the book direct its readers towards their inner self, to self reflect on their own.
We must conquer our own mind before delving into other minds; we must know ourselves before knowing any other, and we must remember how little we are within this vast universe that we all share and call home.
The book is divided into two parts and is expressed in form of daily dairy writing. The first part of the book is about getting to know your own soul, body and how one can come across a hidden sage inside through the medium of writing. The second part gathers her thoughts more of her surroundings, the traveling she did while writing this book and encounters some of the demons of each individual as well the society which is actually an end product of our own thoughts. She recommends us to “cherish the moments in which we are truly living”.
More fascinating thing about this book is the strong voice with which Yolanda writes. She assumes that she’s talking to a reader, describing her thoughts as two people usually do while conversing, with correct usage of words which really helps a reader to engage in this book for a long period of time. It kept me awake, not the usual one in which I have my eyes opened all the time, but the one which makes an individual feel the presence of the presence.
I hardly ever re-read a book but I won’t hesitate to do so in this case. To conclude, a reader will observe on reading this book till the end as I did that the author herself makes a better understanding of her conscious mind within the timeline of the text. Keeping a diary and feeding it daily, to choose between what is necessary and what not too feed is an art that Yolanda seem to have master through her memoirs.
Your inwardness reflects on your outwardness therefore comfort and take care of your inner being, as then your outer self and reality will be at peace.