Exploring my family's past has been absolutely incredible - I have learned so much about their life growing up that I could have never imagined. I feel that a mere page in a scrapbook will not do their life stories justice though. I have been digitalizing as many pictures as I can. Since my project is centered on preserving these memories, the best way to do this is to create something that will last forever. Although I know that it is near impossible to digitalize every picture, this project can definitely extend into the summer where I can dedicate an hour a day to digitalizing pictures.
I am thinking about shifting the focus of this project to preserving my past and memories. Although I may only be 17, I feel as though I have some interesting stories (and probably some meaningless ones) that I would like to remember when I am seventy years old. I have been journaling about five days a week using the application My Wonderful Day on my iPhone, but it doesn't feel like enough. I want to create a time capsule with some of my favorite, for lack of a better word, things. I am not entirely sure what these things entail, but I am hoping to discover what is important to me throughout the next few weeks of this project! I also want to decorate my room with pictures. I would like to have a cork board above my desk and some sort of frame set above my bed.
The part I am most enthusiastic about is writing letters to my future self. For the next six or seven weeks, I want to write a letter to my future self and seal it. The first letter will be for me to read when I graduate high school, then another letter for when I graduate college the following week. After that, I want a letter for every "tenth" birthday - my thirtieth, fortieth, fiftieth, sixtieth, etc.
Although my new idea seems far from my original one, it was inspired by my old one. My family's memories and stories would have gone unheard had I not taken the time to talk to them about their life. I want to make sure that my stories are told by journaling, digitalizing pictures, and creating a time capsule.
I'm not sure if this is just a temporary stray from my original project... I am going to talk things over with Mr. Z to get his perspective on the change of plans before it is made official! I was inspired to make this switch after I found about ten pages of writing in code from five years ago. I know I have the code for it, somewhere... I distinctly remember becoming "fluent" in my language. I was able to write it as fast as I write English!