Time is precious. Especially when it is time spent with the ones we love. If only we could relive our most special moments whenever we wanted! Since time machines don’t exist, the best we can do is to preserve our keepsakes so that our memories stay alive forever; not just for your enjoyment, but for your children and their children after that.
For most people, their mementos and keepsakes are kept in a box somewhere in storage where they remain unseen and undervalued. We are here to give you examples of ways you can make these keepsakes and memories more accessible and available when you want them. Or better yet, whenever you want to share these moments with your family and friends.
1. Keep a journal. The best part about keeping a journal is not only to help you remember the little details you may have forgotten, but also because it’s in your handwriting – an art that has been lost over the years. Journals and books are easy to display on bookshelves or on a coffee table that are easy to pick up and read anytime. Your family will love to have a tangible piece of you long after you are gone.
2. Record it. Similar to the journal, recording your recollection of a story or adventure is a special way to relive your fondest memories and to also have it told (and listened to) in your own voice. Telling a story out loud and on a recording can be a fun way to remember your experiences and save them to be listened to time and again.
3. Upload your old pictures. Employ a child or grandchild to help you scan all of your hard-copy pictures and upload them to a shared drive or website. The digital world has offered so many easy ways to record our memories so that they can be accessed anytime, anywhere. So why not do that with your old pictures.
4. Create a photo book .Once you’ve uploaded your pictures, you can easily make a photo book of each of your adventures. There are many website like Shutterfly and Snapfish that create custom templates to easily upload your pictures and have them printed in a hardback book that can be enjoyed at any time later.
5. Tell your stories. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of memory preservation. Be sure to tell your kids and grandkids the highlights of your life and the adventures you’ve experienced. Not only is it time spent with your loved ones, but it’s time spent sharing your life with them so they can take your memories with them wherever they go.
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