To relive a memorable event:
- Write down your feelings about the event.
Ask yourself – Was it Estatic, Gleeful, Hilarious, Thrilling, Overwhelming, Dumbfounding, Calming, Refreshing, Re-energising, ….
- Is it a regular event, i.e, will it happen again? Write your feelings about it if it will. (Are you expectant, anxious it’d go wrong next time, excited, etc…)
- If it is not a regular event, did you take pictures or video shots of the event?
- What was the event? Was it impromptu like a discussion in a christmas reunion that ended pleasingly well? Try to recall what made it go well, write it down. Do the others feel the same way about the event?
- If it was photo- or videographed do you have it handy? Do you know who might if you don’t?
-Get a hold of any pictures or videos, tickets, or memorable item that you can lay hold of and put them all in a safe place – a shoe box would do!
-Make copies of all – take pictures of items, scan existing pictures, upload videos, and you may put these all in one video only using a webcam and your computer.
- Return all borrowed pictures or items intact to any family or friends present during the event.
- Watch the video from time to time – invite others present to do this with you. You may also show it on important events like the next christmas reunion or a main character’s birthday get together.
In conclusion, gather your thoughts and write them down. It is possible to forget or have an overlapping memory of what really happened if you don’t do this. Collect copies of everything that can remind you about the event- Get others’ input as well.
Be careful to ask around if others enjoyed the event like you – It’d be awkward to be excited about something others loathe – especially if you want to relive it as a family. Also ask yourself if it is appropriate to relive it? It is important if it involved a deceased family member. Reliving certain events could stunt the healing process of loss.
Copyright – Tola Jegede