You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That’s a saying everyone has heard at one time or another, yet many people don’t realize just how apt that saying is. Time and life are fickle things and yet we tend to take things in this life for granted. We are apt nowadays to be so busy and to live our lives more in the moment that we don’t think about how things can quickly change, how something or someone we thought would always be there suddenly isn’t anymore, and we end up not realizing the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
The only things certain in life are death and taxes, as Ben Franklin once said. We are all living on borrowed time and none of us know how long we have, especially in this day and age. Listen to the news and you can see how violence is running rampant. Many people have had a friend or loved one killed in a random drive-by shooting or some other act of random violence. Vehicle accidents have claimed many people suddenly, as well.
There’s no escaping from sickness, either. Many of us have had a beloved grandparent develop Alzheimer’s or dementia, and it’s sad to see them deteriorate as they lose their memories. Many of us have also had a mother or sister develop breast cancer and not survive. Heart attacks have taken many beloved family members, too. And sadly there have also been many a precious child that has developed and been lost to cancer, too. Even losing a beloved pet suddenly can hurt just as much as losing a human.
Natural disasters can hurt us as well. Fires, floods, and storms can not only claim lives but can destroy sentimental locations, too. Many a childhood home or favorite vacation spot have been ruined by natural disasters and those loses can hurt almost as much as losing a family member.
Imagine if you do lose someone close to you suddenly. It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? You can’t help but think of the last time you saw them and talked to them, and you know you will never see them again. You think back to all the big moments you had. Then you start to think of all the little moments you had with them, the ones that at the time didn’t mean much to you. You realize now just how important all those little moments were, too, as they have now become just memories, and you wish you could have more moments.
These memories become our only companions in days of solitude. Keeping family photo albums, remembering happy get together, cherishing funny past moments and even mourning the sad demises of our near and dear ones – all these and much more remain with us for lifetime. Sometimes we do wish to keep these memories live and tickling in the form of eternal truths and sometime we wish to just forget them. Here are a few ideas to capture family moments.
- List down special moments/ memories in a journal
- Scan memorable artworks created by family members and share within your family network
- Record whenever you reach a milestone of your life
- Write a letter to your kid on a perfect occasion like birthday and keep a digital dopy with you
- Interview family relatives and close ones once in every year and preserve them in video or audio forms
In days like this when it is possible for someone to be gone in an instant, it is important for people to keep in touch with their families and loved ones more than ever, and to share moments and memories that will live on. LYKAPP is one way for families to stay connected, providing them with ways to share news and photos so they can share moments both big and small and keep memories alive, for every moment has value once it becomes a memory.