I have found that people who are THINKING of writing those stories down are like people who think they can wait until the last moment to take care of their religion or life insurance. Doesn't work that way.
I feel we should journal every chance we get. Once a week or three times a day. It's that important. As I do research into the journals of the American Civil War those people kept journals because they couldn't just mail a letter, Facebook or Twitter. It was a way to clear their minds at the end of the day. It was a way to remind them of the events to share with loved ones when they came together again.
I am guilty. I Tweet. I Facebook, I text, I e-mail. But these form of communications will fade. Lose my phone- I lose my texts. I can so easily get lost in Facebook that I loose the thread of last weeks oh-so important post.
But to place it in my journal. The loss of a job. The frustration of married life. The emptiness of my family so far away in Florida as I try a new life in Tennessee. The frustrations of civic groups I belong, the joys of teaching my Sunday school class.
Records (you remember them, the vinyl black discs), reel to reel tape recordings, VCR have all but disappeared. But what has stayed firm? Pen to paper. (Or chistle to stone)
We have stories to share. Why did we marry our first spouse? What was our first car? Describe your first apartment. What was it like to hold your first-born. Have you lost a child? Have you lost your dream job? Have you lost 100 pounds? Why do you live in the place your live in?
Take ten minutes and tell the future 'Why", "How", and "Where" you are in your thinking.
Mary Chestnut wrote in her diary almost every day... she never knew that 150 years later thousands would buy her 'book' and learn what it was like during the war. Napolian wrote his journal to mark his conquests. Generals study his entries for battle.
Write. Write your hurts, desires, loves and hates. Tell your story. YOU may think its nothing... in the hand of your children and your children's children's children... it could mean everything!