It was shortly after the death of my mother when I realized that my children would grow up not really knowing a lot about my parents.
My Dad passed away nearly 30 years ago at the young age of 56 and not a day goes by that I don’t think about my parents, I have so many questions I would love to of asked them.
Sometimes it is not until later years you have these questions and now it is too late for me to ask but I realized that it is not too late for others.
That’s when I started ‘This is my life” to ensure that our heritage and history is not forgotten.
The first project was to film my wife Shelli’s parents and I am so glad that I did, because unfortunately her father has since had some memory issues and quite simply ‘we would not be able to get the footage again’. Now we can relax with the knowledge that Shelli’s parents stories will live on for generations to come.
I only wish that I could be sitting back watching my parents in one of our ‘on the couch interviews’ as they talk about their lives, their parents, what it was like growing up, the special moments like how they met, how my Dad proposed, their wedding, what challenges they faced and overcame in their lives and, of course, what special moments they recalled of us ‘their children and grandchildren’.
Helping people to tell their story is something I am truly excited about.
We are all on a journey … it doesn’t matter who you are, a family person, a retiree or a business leader we all have our story to tell, you may think your story is not that interesting but I can assure you that your family, friends and colleagues will appreciate it for generations to come.
An interesting statistic I came across recently really endorses our service, Forbes magazine conducted a survey with people of retirement age and when asked “What’s most important to pass on to the next generation? The No. 1 answer, offered by 74 percent of respondents, was: “Values and life lessons.” “financial assets and real estate” came in last.
Could you imagine watching your Ancestors videos now, if only the technology existed back then, to hear how life was back in their day and comparing it to now.
I am ably supported and encouraged by my wife Shelli, who shares my enthusiasm and together with our team of talented editors and production staff including our resident Whippet “Toby” the wonder dog we are collectively ready to tell ‘Your Story’.