Hump Day: Words of Wisdom
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There are many different ways to keep track of your life and the wonderful things that have come about. Someday your children are going to ask you what your life was like, how you grew up, and what you learned. I know as a kid I always loved my parents’ stories!
My favorite story of my dad’s was of him ruining his brother’s horn as a child. His brother used to honk incessantly on his horn which REALLY irked my father. After he had enough of the horn he got ahold of it and smashed it to bits, elegantly taping the pieces onto a block of wood. He wrote in the scribbled, hardly readable, handwriting of a child, “Brian’s horn.” And left in on the doorstep with a ring of the bell. It took his older brothers a little while to figure out what the scribbled handwriting said.
There are also stories from my mother’s past of climbing a tree in her Sunday dress (which she wasn’t supposed to do.) She fell, but her dress caught onto a branch and there she lay hanging, waiting for rescue.
The big question for us is how do we make sure these stories live on? Here are 7 ideas to start now!
2000-2500 words please!
We can always go old school. I keep a journal and write in it (not very often) to remember the important moments of my life. This is a wonderful way to remember to do it often if it is always by your bedside when you go to sleep at night. It can also easily be read by siblings if you aren’t careful, so fair warning if you are living with your parents and siblings!
Check out Penzu. This is a free online journal with many different options: dreams, prayers, pregnancy, reflective, travel, or 5 year journal. There are also diary options such as academic, food, health, school, wedding and work diaries. There is also an app for that so that you can record on the go and add pictures to your memories.
Blogs are a little less private, but a lot more fun to share with family and friends. I absolutely love and would recommend Wix (even the free version) as well as Blogspot. If you are willing to pay and learn the tricks around WordPress.org then it is well worth it in my book! Just remember, not all things are meant to be shared!
If you’re a good photographer (or really just good about taking pictures regularly) this is a wonderful option for you. I love looking through my grandmother’s old photo albums that keep record of my childhood. Of course we all know a picture is worth 1000 words.
Audio journals are a wonderful idea, mostly because they can be saved in many different places and they’re easier to store. One worry I always have with traditional journals, scrapbooks, and photo albums is that there is always a chance they could be ruined in a disaster. If your house burns down or floods then your online journals can always be returned to.
In case your were wondering, there’s an app for that! VideoPop is a virtual video calendar. The REALLY cool thing about this is that after you’ve done all of your videos you can string them together into one long montage of your life.
Writing down out history is important, not only for us, but for future generations. We want to learn about those who came before us, and some of our ancestors have kept good records, but some haven’t.
So here is your challenge, find a way to start keeping record of your life NOW. Don’t wait because we tend to forget most of the experiences we have in our life, at least the little important details.
AND help a family member (your grandparents, parents, an aunt or an uncle) to recall and make record of stories from their childhood and past that you can then share with your children.