When I was a child, I recall that one of my favourite things to do was flip through the photo albums of my parent's lives. I would spend an afternoon sitting in front of the cupboard where the albums were stored, and turn pages, in awe of the adventures they had. And smile at the photos of our younger years as children. I looked forward to the adventures and moments to come in my own life. And albums I would one day fill.
I have goosebumps as I write this as it's something that really means a lot to me.
Everyday life matters.
There is so much in life to feel grateful for. Family. Friends. Our surrounding and everyday moments. All these things that seem otherwise ordinary - they matter. They make up real life. A life totally unique to us all.
The material possessions we have in the end won't mean anything. And I'm pretty sure in those last moments, if we are able to think clearly and look back on our lives, that we will remember the special times we had. The times we shared with those closest to us. The moments of gathering around a dinner table. The deep and meaningful discussions and realisations about life. And we will no doubt flip through albums and reflect on the various chapters of our journey.
So within my personal life, I've committed to documenting life for myself, and my loved ones. I hope to leave a trail of photos and films for my children to view and watch as they age. Words written about my discoveries. I hope to gather at times as a family to play our collection of mini-movies. I look forward to watching the eyes of my loved ones and observing the emotions within as they feel again these past times we shared together. And I hope also to inspire my children to document their own lives to share with their future loved ones.
How we document life is a personal preference. It could be with photos, films or writing. Or a combination.
Whatever way you choose, capture it all.
Capture the way your child eats a sandwich. Or walks around on tippy toes. Capture your partner reading. Or cooking dinner at home. Capture the homes you live in. The garden and the photos upon the wall.
All these details that may seem insignificant and ordinary now - they matter.