Art Therapy

Preserving History And Memories Through Creativity

I learned tonight that a friend of mine died. He was a talented musician. Much like all of us creatives, he had plenty of demons. Unfortunately, his demons won out and now he’s left us. He’s left behind friends and people that loved him. But, he has also left behind those memories we had with him. People have pictures. People have videos. His memories will live on forever, long after his bones have turned to dust.

There is a method to the madness of us creative folk. We have things inside of us that we need to share, we need to expel them, and by doing that we leave something behind even after we’ve left this world.

You don’t have to be a creative to preserve your life and history. Start now, have something to leave your friends and future generations. Here are a few things you can do.

  • Take pictures. Don’t just save your photos, even family photos, to your personal computer. Put them online where other people can have access to them. Share them on Facebook or get an account with a photo sharing site.
  • Write your life story. You don’t have to have writing skills or need to want to publish your autobiography, but you do need to record life. Write diaries and keep them in a place where people can find them when you’re gone.
  • If you have musical talent, record a CD. Put your music online on a streaming site, like Bandcamp. Get it out there where people can hear it. We all listen to music from people that are long gone from this life, because music is timeless.
  • Initial your artwork. Leave your name or your initials behind on the things that you create. Make sure people know that those creations were a part of you.
  • Publish a book. It doesn’t matter what you write about. You can publish for free through Createspace and have your book available on Amazon in no time.

It may not give you any warm and fuzzy feelings, but it is nice to know that posthumously people will still be able to enjoy the things you’ve created, and you might even become a recognized name all over the world.

I’m sad tonight, and I am probably not going to go to sleep anytime soon. Insomnia is a common thing when you get bad news. I’ll take this time to work on some of the things I’ll leave behind with my name on them. I hope you’ll do something amazing too. ❤

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