As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that memories are shaped by the way that we recall them. Between journaling, pictures, video, and simply re-telling, our perception of a moment in time evolves and changes over the years.
A video records a moment most accurately, although it can certainly be edited to appear differently than what exactly happened, and doesn’t necessarily show the whole picture. Still, it has the best chance of transporting you back to that moment to recall the most about it.
Journaling is the best way to capture your own perspective of a memory, recording thoughts that you are likely to forget you had. Any time I read back over the little bit of journaling I did growing up, I am saddened that I did not do more. So very many things I have completely forgotten.
A picture freezes a moment in time and allows each person to draw their own conclusions about the captured scene. It’s amazing how much a picture does capture, and I’m so happy to be able to look back through almost 2 years of our lives on Instagram. I only wish it was longer.
Trying to recall a moment in time without one of these three aids becomes more and more difficult as time passes. No matter how well you thought you’d remember the details of moments that impacted your life, they just start to fade, replaced by more recent moments.
I’m so thankful that we got a video camera before Maeve was born and have captured so many moments in our family life since then! It’s certainly not always convenient to be getting the camera out, but it’s definitely been made easier by things like smartphones! There are many memories I’ve failed to record, but I’m purposing to do better moving forward.
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