Which is the authentic experience?
... the experience you have during an event?
... or the consequence of that experience afterward?
We all realize that the experience of an event during the event is quite different than the experience of the consequences of that same event. For example, look at the pictures or recordings made during an event allowing the media to refresh your memory. Now compare your current experience via the pictures with as much of the original experience as you can. They will be quite different.
It will come as no surprise that events take on different meanings as time passes on. The thing is, where meanings and stories and emotions of an event are to be evaluated, it is somewhat arbitrary which one along the time line you choose to be "authentic" ... seems to me that they all count as the actual event.
The fabric of our lives is woven in time. Monday's Pininyahang Manok meant
the chicken taste in Tuesday's vegetable soup and the pineapple drink on the side. Who is to parse out the one from the other ... not I.