Life is a series of stories people accumulate throughout a person's life. Some of the stories are romantic while others are tragedies. There are stories which are built around laughter and those which are fraught with pain. Each person's stories are unique and special and make them who they are. In the end when all is said and done, a person's stories are all they have left to pass on to those they leave behind. Here are four ways to make sure your stories live on well after this life is over.
Make sure to write down what life was like, “back in the day,” when the world was much different and moved at a slower pace. Write or tell the stories even if they don't want to hear them. Tell them about how each day was spent, as the hours passed family and friends, what was important at each stage of life and how certain events made you who you are today.
There are a few good book which can help to help people to bring back memories which may appear to be lost. One of the best is Natalie Goldberg's, "Old Friend form Far Away." The book offers page after page of exercises designed to get the juices flowing and the words flying across the page.
Show others on a guided tour of the old neighborhoods. Take family and friends around to the neighborhood pointing out favorite places and the event which happened there. Warning, this may cause some family members to rant and complain but they will be thankful later for leaning about the past.
Write a journal of all your remember. Try to sit down each day and present a little piece of the past life in words. The journal doesn't have to be a complete memoir, just small glimpses into the past which can be passed down from generation to generation. There are many websites and book which offer prompts to get people started.
Record the stories on the computer. Recording the stories on the computer in video format not only offers those who are left behind a way to remember not only verbally each story but also visually. John's father took all the information he learned about his family and used a VHS recorder to not only pass on pictures he had found but also a narrative the family could listen to at their leisure. The videos brings some tears but also some comfort because they can hear his voice narrating his own stories.
In the end life is nothing but a series of stories, and like any story they are meant to be shared so take the time now to write or record the stories so they will be remembered later.