Time is one of the most beautiful yet frightening concepts we live through. It is something that once lost, we can never get back. We are so focused on ourselves that we forget how little time we have left with others.
One of the most beautiful gifts of our existence is family. We grew up together, learned valuable life lessons from them, and shared our joys and sorrows. But how can we keep these memories for the future to cherish?
This is why documenting and recording memories is vital to our modern lives. Culture, history, and everything that has ever happened have always been documented. It is how we found ourselves and where we came from. Sharing our own stories with others can help them understand our position as well.
Thanks to modern technology, it is much easier to document these moments. Moments that we can share among ourselves and with other people. Here are some procedures to follow.
Plant A Seed: When you grow a plant, you put a seed in the ground and nurture it. This is how you should start your planning for the documentation.
The very first step to documenting your family stories is making sure everyone is on board. If someone does not want to share their stories, you cannot force them to do so. However, you can talk to everyone and ask for their permission.
Plan Ahead: You need to think very carefully about who you want to get the stories from. Not everyone will have the same experiences. So, you need to figure out whose experience is the most fun, unique, or life-changing.
Your grandmother might have stories of how she came up with her signature recipe. Or your parents, on how they went through tough times in their lives. As a result, these experiences can help you and other people find themselves.
Ask Clever Questions: Questions that you will be asking need to be clever. You can not interview your grandmother and just ask her to tell you about her life. So, the interview needs to be in a conversational tone.
The person should not feel odd in any way. Rather, they should feel like having a normal conversation. Here are some great questions you can ask from StoryCorps, for instance.
Compile Findings: After gathering enough information, it is time to compile. The stories need to be compiled in a meaningful manner. So that they make sense to the reader or listener.
You can write everything in your own way. But you have to make sure to not stray too far from the original story. So, keep quotes the way the interviewee said.
The journey you go through with your family is precious. It is a story that no one other than you know. If you want to make the most out of every moment with your family, document them. Why not share those memories with us as well? To share your stories with us, make sure to join our forum. You can register and become part of our growing community! And who knows? Maybe someone who is struggling will find your stories helpful.