Writing

How Technology Has Helped Us Hold On To Our Memories

  • May 30, 2010

I was thinking recently that I wish could have held onto the memories of my college years spent at Marshall University. It’s sad to think of how I let the good times pass me by without any way of accurately recollecting daily events. 1998 was a year when digital photography was in its early stages of development, when HTML was the latest trend, and video was recorded to magnetic tape and equipment was costly.

What I Did Then
At that time, I carried with me a cheap notebook and a pen everywhere I went. No time and no words did I waste, either. Somehow even my notebook faded into obscurity and was lost forever, taking with it what tiny little insignificant details of my college experiences with it.

What I Do Now
Compared to 1998, today we’ve got it made. If the resources and technology of today were available when I was in my first year of college in 1998, I believe I would have been able to better document and preserve my experiences. I blog on a regular basis, write in a journal, and take lots of still photos and video.

Here’s What I Have To Say
Any good writer will tell you that they rely on external forces for inspiration. Quite a few of the things I’ve written about were inspired b everyday conversations I overheard between two strangers conversing in public. Others were inspired by discarded notes, photographs, poetry written on used napkins, etc. It’s the little things in life, that if observed and given the attention they deserve, can make the biggest difference in the life of an aspiring writer.

Perhaps the biggest source of my inspiration is having a journal of recent daily events, observations, thoughts, and ideas available when I write.

Yesterday I broke down and purchased a Moleskine(r) notebook. The biggest challenge I face is that in moments of sheer brilliance, I find myself in the awkwardest of situations without a place to record my thoughts or ideas. Later on when I finally get to my notebook, or computer, the idea is forgotten or incomplete, leading me towards a feeling of frustration. The solution is simple; I should always carry a pen and a paper with me just as I did when I was in college.

Lessons Learned
Most of the lessons we learn are learned after it is too late. Sometimes the things we regard as useless or insignificant become invaluable and irreplacable once they are lost or forgotten about. In other words, document everything. Photograph it, write about it, and video it. Things around us are always changing and nothing ever truly stays the same despite our best wishes or intervention.

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