Organising our photo’s can seem daunting…….
Why do people procrastinate about sorting out their photos?
As a forty something, I think one of the main reasons why I procrastinated for
so long was the fear of not really knowing what I would find. I mean, there
couldn’t be anything that bad could there? Oh hang on, what about the teenage
years – CRINGE……My face was burning red with embarrassment just thinking
about it! And yes, initially I did cringe seeing what I looked like as teenager.
It can be confronting and it can be emotional but it can also remind us of some great times in life.
I loved re-living some of my past and seeing people who were once very dear to me.
I’m no longer that 15 year girl who thinks smoking is cool or that
blue/black hair really suits me! I also realized how lucky I was to grow up in a
place and time where I had a lot of freedom.
Seeing some of my early child hood photo’s felt really precious – we didn’t take
many photos as a family at this time. I especially love the ones where my mum
would insist on lining all us kids up against the back shed and then proceed to
cut half our heads off with her mediocre photo taking skills – bless her, I ‘m glad
she tried even if half of us are missing!
One of my most enjoyable parts of sorting them out was
seeing older photo’s of family members and looking at them adult to adult. There
were also many family members I didn’t know – I had so many questions about
who they were, what did they do with their lives? what were they like and even
though we’re not a particularly close family I did feel a sense of closeness looking
at these pictures. I’ve since talked to family members and found out a lot about
older family members and was fascinated by them and their lives.
I’m now really happy that I started sorting my photo’s out. I’ve had
some of the really precious ones turned into enlarged prints and framed. I’ve
scanned and digitized some of the printed photo’s that were on their last legs
and saved them on my computer/hard drive and put them on cloud software so
that other family members can access them. I feel like I’ve preserved part of our
family history, which now seems more important than ever. I want my nieces
and nephews to know those stories and make sure family members aren’t lost
and forgotten forever. Most of all I reminded myself that life is to be celebrated
and there will always be good and bad times but it’s how we come through
those times that matters the most.