The start of a new year is always filled with possibility. And the ever-present new year resolutions. A new year also means we’re one more year older, we’ve made one more year’s worth of memories.
How about making a resolution to be more mindful about preserving the memories we make? Taking the effort to preserve memories that have already been made? How about keeping a daily journal to record our daily lives? Few of us make time to do it regularly.
But the potential of a journal is boundless. At the start of the next year, it could serve as a kind of stock taking – leafing through it will tell us what the past year was like. Ten or fifteen years down the line, it could serve as a tool for us to reflect on our past. To think about what things used to be like, and how we’ve grown and changed over the years. Long after we’re gone, it could provide our children or grandchildren precious insight into what the lives we led were like.
Also, if your grandparents and parents are around, it would be a wonderful idea to talk to them about their memories of their growing up and document them in a journal as well.
Personal history is far more precious than we realise. Let’s make a conscious effort to do our bit to preserve ours, for our future generations.