What Are You Leaving Your Family?Posted by Katrina Kennedy on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog, Personal, Photography, Scrapbook | 10 comments
What are you leaving your family?
Think about it.
The day you die your family will face the arduous task of sorting through the belongings you’ve left behind. Your treasures will become a task for them. Clothing. Linens. Kitchenware. Electronics. Paperwork.
It’s all a task.
Dare I say, a burden?
Not only will they have this task to endure, they must do it while filled with the grief of your absence, all while they sort your underwear drawer.
Yes, no matter how much you declutter, someone ultimately has to sort your underwear drawer.
Your priorities. Your treasures. Your systems. They won’t matter so much anymore.
Your loved ones will focus on the tasks at hand.
Distribute the belongings. Sell the sellable. Goodwill the Goodwill-able.
And there are your photos.
Photo albums. Easy. A beautiful collection. Easily handed to the people who treasure them most. While I can’t count on anyone in particular loving them as much as I do, I can rest reasonably well knowing SOMEONE will appreciate the time and effort of the collection.
Photos on external hard drives. Not so easy. But collected. If they are all in one spot that someone is aware of, they have greater likelihood staying together and someone saying, “hey, this is where Katrina’s 158,000 photos are. She put a lot of time and effort and energy into these. I think we should keep it.” And perhaps they place it on a shelf for safekeeping, for that day when they will “get to it.”
Photos on your computer. Things get tricky. Are they spread everywhere? Are they in a hodgepodge of files and folders with weird names that you can’t even deal with? Hmmm. I don’t think your family is going to work to get those treasures together. After they’ve seen the 37th sunset photo, I might expect them to lose a little steam. I know I would.
So, what’s the point?
Print your stinking photos. Get them into albums or a book or a box or something. LOOK at them now. Create a treasure that your family can treasure.
Oh, and by the way, this entire post? Talking to myself. If it helps you…that’s a bonus!