29. Memory

Film

 

According to a recent television show concerning film preservation, most of the old, original celluloid films are at risk. Even if they have been stored and cleaned properly over the years, the old film will eventually lose its integrity and essentially decay or crumble in the can.

 

The film itself has two components: one containing the images, or frames, of the film and the other, the sound or “the voice.” Both are at risk, but the voice, I believe, is usually the first to degrade.

 

Thankfully, film preservationists have recognized the time-sensitive nature of film and are hard at work to digitally record and re-master many of these old films. But despite their efforts, many films will unfortunately be lost in the winds of time.

 

Memory

 

Memories, like film, sometimes fade or decay over time, as do the emotions that follow along with the images or thoughts of earlier days. It’s important, I believe, to preserve – as best you can – your memories; writing is an ideal way to capture the frames of the past.

 

“I remember when¦”

 

That’s how most memories are replayed, isn’t it? We remember life in terms of stories or events — scenes. And to remember those scenes is also to recall the associated emotions. The memory, therefore, stirs not only images but also feelings. And while the images may be of past experiences, the emotions elicited are real and present. They affect us today.

 

Day 28 Guide

 

Begin the habit of preserving your memories by writing about your experiences and your life’s stories. You’ll find writing to be a wonderful way to engage your mind and stir the wonderful feelings associated with old times.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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