One of the simplest ways to make yourself joyous is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory prompt and since we have a habit of taking pictures of happy occasions, so they enhance our memories to the good.
As my mind hits the low keynote, old pictures are all we need. Re-living the moments in our mind can have a pretty good effect on our mental health.
Can you imagine we have more than 10 photo albums of different sizes stored in our cabinets? These are the treasures that I’d live for another decade to come.
Even during quarantine, we were sharing our photos digitally among our family members through Facebook and Whatsapp and playing “guess who’s who?” sort of games. When I started sharing photos on WhatsApp, in turn, I received photos of the littlest version of ‘my’ creators! Mom look innocent and those funny vintage dresses. My childhood photos from my maternal house that had never come across. My mom and dad told us the story behind their cute pictures, what a night it was to remember.
Sharing photos was creating a positive environment in our homes during the lockdown and also gained empathy, tenderness, and tradition. In between those photos, the best memory was the summer vacation at Nani’s house. The way grandparents fed and pampered us, making us feel special, the way we used to stay out all day playing in the courtyard and not to forget our favorite dinner.
Going through old photos pulled back to my play school days when I had to recite the poem on trees, and for this, my mom and Dadi had made many efforts to sew my dress aligning with the theme. First, they collected the leaves, then attached them to my clothes and made me look cute as well as according to my poem theme.
Seeing all the memories of my childhood through photos, I wish I could go back and relive those moments. The way we used to enjoy every moment without wasting our time on phones and just live in the moment.
We all know that taking pictures and storing them is very important. And seeing them, again and again, to keep them with us. Keeping them organized is as important as capturing them. Not scattered, but keeping them intact. In today’s time taking photos is done through mobile phones. So we will not have any hard copies of our memories and when it comes to soft copies these vanish as time passes due to limited storage.
Truly saying that’s the only reason why I also take prints of my memorable days and my favorite ones to keep them as an indelible imprint in my heart.
By Priyanshi Kumar