Many years ago I began keeping a daily journal about my life’s activities. Over the years I have found it interesting to go back and see what I was doing, feeling, and thinking years ago. Recently, while reading an old journal entry, I read about a heated disagreement I had with a friend. With hindsight I realize now I had acted petty and immature. It made me appreciate that I’ve done some growing up since then!
A few days ago it dawned on me that many of the reasons for journaling could also be applied to the value of making a personal history film or video biography.
As in journaling, a personal history film provides you with the opportunity to:
- Document the stories of your life – the good, the bad and the ugly!
- Record the great things that have happened to you and to your family over the years.
- Record how you have felt about the world around you.
- Record your personal and professional achievements (and disappointments).
- Record hopes, dreams and beliefs – for yourself and for your family. Learned life lessons and wisdom become clearer with age.
- Record meaningful personal and family events to pass down to future generations – even those yet unborn!
- Provide an opportunity to express gratitude for the opportunities and things you have.
- Record significant events in the world around you and how they have affected you personally (such as WWII, social and global financial changes, etc.)
- Provide an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate the experiences of your life.
- Share relevant stories of the past for the benefit of future generations.
Everyone has a life to celebrate. Lessons learned, problems solved, tragedies survived, observations made, creativity expressed and maturity gained.
For whatever stories about your life you’d like to share, consider a journal or a personal history film in 2013.