Preserving Your Legacy: Where Were You When?
Recently, a high school classmate of mine posted on Facebook that her great-great grandfather had been a passenger on the Titanic. She had heard stories about him, but didn’t have much information, until a book was published in 2000 about the Irish passengers on that ill-fated trip. He had been a third class passenger and never had a hope of surviving.
The outpouring from her friends reflected support, warmth, wonder and fascination. We were fascinated about her family’s involvement in this historic, yet tragic incident. We supported her family’s grief. We secretly yearned for more information about his experience. That event played a role in our national history and is woven into the fabric of our lives. More importantly, it was personal to someone we knew.
One need only look to the number of participants in ancestry.com, to see how important our biological lineage is to us. There are over 31,000 databases, 3 billion profiles and 9 billion historical records. While ancestry helps us understand our lineage, who preserves our stories and life experience? How will we preserve our stories for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?
After seeing my classmate’s post, I started thinking, “where were you when . . . And what did did it mean to you?”
So, think about it– where were you when . . .
- Sputnik was launched?
- Kennedy was assassinated?
- The civil rights marches happened?
- Martin Luther King was assassinated?
- Man landed on the moon?
- Woodstock (remember, they say if you can remember it, then you weren’t really there)?
- The women’s movement took place?
- The Watergate hearings took place?
- John Lennon was shot?
- The Berlin wall came down?
- The Challenger exploded?
- OJ was “chased” and the verdict was delivered?
- Princess Diana was married and later died?
- On 9/11?
- America elected its first Black president?
No doubt, there are hundreds of other defining moments of our lives (and this list is more specific to my generation), so think about your life and the defining historic moments.
We have an obligation to record our life stories for those who come after us – that they may carry on our experiences, understand our history, and learn from them. If we don’t write our history, someone else will do it for us.
Open your My Life’s Message account and start preserving these memories for your family and for the generations to come.