Every morning around 7 AM I receive a notification from Facebook that there are memories from previous years on that date. I look forward to reviewing those memories, looking back on what I was doing or sharing in previous years. Some of those memories I skim over, some I share again.
We go about our day-to-day lives and don’t realize how we change over time. I notice that the type of information I consider relevant has changed. Postings about day-to-day life have changed. It is fun to see what I was doing in college a few years ago, how many days I would go without being on Facebook because I was busy, or even the activities I was partaking in on any particular date or year.
I have shared a lot of pictures over the years. When those pop up on my memories feed it is fun to see how my grandchildren have grown, or the changes in the appearance of my kids, myself and my husband. Places I have visited, events I have attended, and more are shared through photographs on my personal page, as well as the Times Gone By Photography page I have.
Another fun thing I discovered in looking back is the notes I have posted on my Facebook page. For several years now I have shared a challenge where you try to read 52 books in a year, and although I have never made it to 52 I have those “notes” from every year where I listed each book I read, the author, whether fiction or non-fiction and the number of pages. I recently came across a couple other postings I did, one answering questions about how well you know your spouse, and another where you list 25 things about yourself. I may do that one again, because things have changed. I am now in the processing of printing off some of the things I discovered and saving them in a scrapbook or notebook for future look backs by myself and/or my children and grandchildren.
We live in a digital world. Everything is handled electronically and people, young people especially, do not keep things in a printed, paper format. Give consideration to printing off and saving in a notebook some of the things you share electronically. Make it a scrapbook of you. Future generations will be glad you did when everything you have done is lost in the cyber world.