Have you ever felt as though you had some link, or affinity for another time, or place?
There are two eras that throughout my life I have been intensely interested in – Tudor England and the 1920s. I spent years reading about the history of the Tudors and English monarchy from when I was about 12 years of age. Later, as an adult, I was pulled to the 1920s anywhere, any society.. In both eras it has always been the lives of women and the minutiae of the everyday lives, who have particularly interested me. My go to genre is biography and memoir.
It is no surprise that these passions led me to being an English and History teacher as well as a librarian then is it?
I read of a theory that memory may be stored in our DNA. If so, is it possible that we could be drawn to periods of history that maybe our ancestors lived through? Maybe there is no “past lives” as some believe but rather DNA memory?
Just pondering – from where do our passions arise? What makes me interested in history and another person interested in woodcraft, or knitting? What draws us along our paths?