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Remembering How to Fly

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Remembering How to Fly, a visual memoir on wonder



1. At this time of night, all I can think is — I used to be so excited about life.



2. As a child, my default emotional state was very cheerful.



3. This is most evident on airplane rides I used to take with my mom across the Pacific.



4. It was a fantasy world to my younger self.



5. When the meal cart came by I pretended I was Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express ordering sweets from the trolley.



6. The younger me thought about whales flying in the sky and drifted off to sleep happily.



7. What part of my younger self have I left behind?



8. So I look outside the airplane window, pretending to be my younger self.



9. I get ready to capture the morning clouds with my digital camera.



10. I draw and photograph many things now… to remember how and what it’s like to fly.

Elisa Young

Elisa Young

About the Author

Elisa Young is an undergraduate in the MIT Class of 2017 studying computer science. She is active in MIT’s yearbook and photo club, Technique. In her free time, she enjoys taking and editing photos on her own, drawing, eating curry rice, and thinking about the world. She often writes in order to organize and reflect upon her thoughts.

Elisa has contributed both an essay, "Pencil Lines," and a graphic memoir, "Remembering How to Fly," to Angles 2015.