What permanent legacy are you leaving your family? It used to be through chatty letters. Without letters or other recorded messages, once you are no longer a part of their life, how is your family going to know what your life was like? The answer is to record it so it becomes a permanent record that can be listened to any time.
Just as important as recording is to have it transcribed. Because people prefer different types of media, having a recorded as well as a written record satisfies everyone’s preferences.
We learned about the trek of pioneers across the plains to new lives, adventures, and challenges through the letters they wrote home which were saved and preserved. Today, in the age of technology, letter writing is fast becoming a lost art. When was the last time you wrote a nice, long letter? When was the last time you received one?
Hmmmm. Can’t remember? I can’t either. I keep up with family and friends through emails. Now there’s Facebook and Twitter. I learn every day about old friends or even relatives I haven’t heard from in a long time through Facebook and Twitter. The posts about day-to-day activities that may seem frivolous actually give us a better insight into a person’s personal nature.
The problem is that these don’t last. Here today, gone tomorrow as the saying goes. I won’t go into the problems of trying to print all of them, not the least of which is the volumes you’d accumulate if you tried to gather all the small snippets.
More important than ever, then, is to record your life story. I don’t mean that you have to tell all your secrets, your failures, your weaknesses. Only the interesting, informative data.
Where did you go to school? Did you like school? Did you have homework?
Did you like to write?
How did you and your siblings relate?
What were your skills?
What were your dreams?
What did you really want to do but never did for whatever reason?
What were your favorite foods? What foods did you not like?
What were your favorite things?
What was it like at holidays? Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Fourth of July?
Did your family do much together?
Who were the most important people to you when you were young?
What was your first job? Did you like it? What did you do? How did you get it?
What are some of the things you remember most about your childhood?
What books did you read?
I could continue with these questions and since we’re all individuals, the questions would be different for each of us. Write down the things that are the most important to you, or better yet, ask your family or friends what they’d like to know about you.
Or — in this age of technology, get together on a teleseminar and reminisce. Ask an older relative to join this teleseminar/conference call and ask them questions. What was my mother/father like? What did the family do on holidays, etc? All of the same types of questions as above. If you use any of the free teleseinar companies, you will be able to get it recorded and then you can send it to a transcription service.
If you don’t want to do a teleseminar, using one of the many available methods, record your thoughts, save to a CD, and get it transcribed. Not only are you leaving your legacy you’re leaving a gift they will treasured.