If you’re like me, celebrating a birthday can make you reflective. I celebrated one recently and it got me thinking about how fast time can fly by. I don’t feel old, but I know I’m not moving as fast as I used to or am as active as I used to be. (Granted, I don’t know if I’ve ever been all that active, but still.)
The last time I went to my parent’s house, a.k.a. Stately Long Manor, I was looking at family photos having a conversation with my mother about how we should digitize them for preservation to pass to our next family generation. Given how much I talk about work when we’re together, you’d think they would have picked up on the hint to buy a hard drive and start the preservation process. Then again, maybe they are waiting for me to get them one for their birthday or anniversary.
Since becoming a father, I’ve taken a TON of pictures of my son. (See my love for iPhoneography) At my last count, my Flickr folder has over 1300 and I know it isn’t including everything. I don’t know if that’s a high or low amount as a shrine for a person, but given he’s only going on 6 years old, you can say I’ve been busy. We all have those moments of pride about where we think our child is the second coming, but I will admit I may have gone overboard. But in contrast of the pictures of myself growing up, I see gaps where there were good amounts taken at a particular age, then nothing for a few years. Maybe my parents weren’t as camera happy. Maybe today’s technology makes it easier. Maybe they didn’t want to deal with the competition of my older sisters wanting to be part of the spotlight. I may never know.
The idea of digitizing these memories is the important thing. This is an opportunity to create a digital “timeline” of your family and friends. A chance to look back and where you’ve been and where you are going. It’s the perfect chance to make sure that we are saving our yesterday for tomorrow.