Due to current events in my life recently, I have thought about what a national treasure we have in our "Senior Citizens". They have lived to see so much of our U.S. history as well as world history. I am concerned that all of these life experiences and knowledge gained during that span of our history will be lost. More specifically, I feel as though our family heritage in America is being lost. The reason for my belief in this is due to the fact that my grandparents died a while ago. When I was younger (and they were still alive), I was too self-centered and didn't even bother to really ask them questions or gain insight from them. Now, I regret that so much! I wish that I had something from them... a journal, a biography, something! I do have some pictures, however, they are just faces. While pictures might be worth a thousand words, those aren't the thousand words that you really care about when the person has passed, in my opinion.
Thus, the reason for me writing this is to encourage those "silver"-aged members of our community, state, and country to leave a written record of your life. Please don't just leave photographs! However, photographs are definitely nice and much better than nothing. For those of you who might want some help in doing this, there is a service that I would highly recommend. This service will actually write your biography for you so that you have an heirloom to pass on to your children, grandchildren, etc. For more information you can contact LastingLegacyBio@gmail.com.
Whether you choose to use this service or not, I REALLY urge you to pass on the knowledge that you have learned throughout your life to your future ancestry. Don't let them miss out on your life, insights, and knowledge. Perhaps they act disinterested now, someday they will think, "I wonder what life was like for my grandparents?" Don't just be a face on a picture for your relatives! Let your ancestors have your words as well. Some people might think that having a biography written about themselves as egotistical, however, actually it is the contrary. To keep all of your life, insights, and wisdom to yourself is extremely selfish. Give your ancestors a personal connection to history and not have to rely simply on a history book!
Please, share your life through words with you ancestors!