Last year, I saw this thing about making a memory jar. It’s where you take one good memory a week, write it down, fold it up, and put it in a jar. At the end of the year, you open each one and read your memories from the past year that made you happy. Well, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to do one. Except, in my case, I will do either one happy memory per week -or- every time I have one, which ever happens more. Why? Because why not? So, this is my memory jar so far this year. 🙂
I know, I know. It’s looking pretty full already and it’s only just April. Well, I’m sure the paper will scrunch down. A bit. LOL! You are probably thinking, “why not just do one per week?” Well, for someone who deals with memory loss and has dealt with depression, this is a rather cool thing! I mean, if I start feeling down and out, I can just glance over at it (no, I’m not going to start opening them) and think, “Look at all those happy memories so far. Just keep going.” Maybe that sounds weird, but for me, it works.
I’ve even gone so far as to decorate the jar and use colored paper to make it more interesting and decorative. I just picked up some colored paper from the local store, cut it up into some squares and rectangles, and put them by my jar with a pen. It makes it easy to remember to write down the memories and to build your jar up as you go.
So, for those of you out there who’d like to try this, it isn’t too late! Grab a jar and start today! You can do one memory a week or as many memories as you want this year. You might just be surprised about what you forget by the end of the year that was a happy memory from now, not to mention reliving all those happy memories from the entire year. 🙂 I know this is one of my few resolutions I’m going to keep doing and will quite possibly do every year from now on. I’ve really had a lot of fun with it!
If you’ve made one before, let me know how it turned out in the comments below!