How to Hold on to Your Childhood Memories

13 April 2020 • Memories

Family is an unbreakable bond, comfort in a world of uncertainty and a source of inspiration. 

Unforgettable moments and life lessons learnt with family should be preserved for future generations, with memories one of our most valuable possessions.

Technology has made it possible to make sure your family’s history is around long after you have gone, with memories from our formative years some of the most important treasures we have. 
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Memories offers the perfect space to keep your family's history secure, with a Memories Page acting as a vault, visual timeline and digital memories box for all life's precious moments. 

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What makes childhood memories so precious?

Childhood memories are some of our most precious possessions. When we walk down memory lane, it is no wonder people recall memories from their childhood rather than those from their adulthood. This is because our mind was still fresher and more impressionable during our childhood, particularly between the time we were born and eight-years-old - these are called the "formative years" for a reason. It is the age range when our intellectual and emotional development occur. So, when we recall events during these years as an adult, the memories feel richer and more deeply embedded within us.

Memories helped shape who we are today. That's why they are worth keeping and revisiting from time to time. Memories remind us how much we've grown over the years. How can you hold on to your childhood memories? Back in the day, we'd use things like shoeboxes and other types of memory boxes to store our pictures, letters, and memorabilia of sentimental value. But today, many of our recorded memories are digital, from photos to videos and even memorable conversations on messaging apps. 

If your childhood happened during a time before the internet became ubiquitous in our daily lives, then chances are you have a lot of print materials, like film photos. Here are some tips on how you can archive your childhood memories so that they last for many more generations. Luckily your can get these memories online to last forever. 

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Digitize Old Photos and Videos

Gather your film photos and scan them so that they can be archived safely in your computer or on a secured cloud like Google Drive or on Memories' server. There are many affordable scanners available in the market, from 3-in-1 printers to semi-professional stand alone scanners. You can even scan negative prints using a special tool that will hold the strips in place on top of the scanner's glass. 

Go through boxes and albums of photos and organize them by date or events. You can also scan paper mementos like postcards, or greeting cards from loved ones who wrote unique messages. Anything that can fit on the scanner, you can digitize, thus preserving your most cherished memories for many years. 

Likewise, you can transfer old videos in cassette tapes and VHS on to your computer using affordable cables. The process is as simple as connecting the cables to your old device, like camcorder or VCR, and then plugging in the other end to your laptop's USB port. The internet today is visual-centered and videos are becoming even more popular than photos. This is because videos are like scenes from our life's movie. So, don't let those memories-in-motion sit around in an old box--save them digitally and share them with loved ones.

Organize Your Memories

Curating is an art. Don't just archive your precious memories all willy-nilly; organize them so that they tell a narrative. Organizing your old childhood photos and videos will also allow you to easily navigate through albums rather than wasting time searching through the haystack for a particular piece of memory. 

You can organize your childhood memories by events, such as past birthdays, school plays, family vacations, and much more. When we reflect on events in our past, we tend to rewind in segments, or chapters. Memorable events like birthday parties or summer camping trips stand out, so it makes sense to group them into respective albums when you gather old photos and videos. 

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Choose a Good Storage

As mentioned earlier, you can digitize your old film photos and videos, and then store them on a dedicated external hard drive or cloud drive. It's up to you where you want to archive your memories. What's important is that the host you choose is safe, and that you have backup copies. Don't just save your unique memories in your desktop or laptop, because if your device breaks beyond repair, your computer's hard drive might be permanently damaged. Extracting data can be quite costly and, at worst, impossible to even do. 

Uploading to a secure and dependable website like Memories is also a great choice. As a user, you have full control over what you want to share and who gets to see your personal memories. The layout and design of your dedicated Memories page is also rich with features, giving your presentation a multimedia aspect. 

Share Your Memories

Share your memories, and I don't just mean online. While it is a good idea to use a website like Memories as a host for your precious childhood memories, as well as the memories of loved ones, you should also share the old-fashioned way. A famous essayist once said that we are composed of stories. Storytelling is quite possibly our oldest tradition. Before the invention of paper and ink, we told our history orally to others. Sharing your story, your memories, with the younger generation in person is a lost art in the age of the internet. In your next family get-together, gather your loved ones and share your funny childhood stories, and the wisdom you've gained over the years since then. 

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