Mental Wellbeing,Video Diary

Keeping a video diary will help your future generations embrace change

26 Sep , 2014  

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
Rosa Parks - African-American civil rights activist

Often I’ve met people who’ve considered change to be the most fearful thing the world, yet it is the single attribute we have that has literally kept us evolving. Evolution is change, as we developed from single cell organisms to the living breathing humans we are today, it has been constant change to adapt to survive.

When faced with this story, those who were previously fearful of change can suddenly come to a whole new realisation, but realising is different from acting towards change.

So what has this got to do with recording a video diary? It’s simple, around 2008 when I first started getting into personal growth and development, I too had to overcome my own mindset issues around change. I knew that it was something I had to get over in order to make progress in my personal and professional life. Furthermore, I knew I had to make it a life mission to embrace change, so that not only I was affected, but also my children, my grand children and their future generations long in the far future.

One of the techniques I was taught from various sources seemed to centre around the idea of recording what has past, either in a written diary or some other audio form. The idea is that by doing this, one could recount the past in order to learn the lessons which past problems posed, and learn a new lesson to move forward.

I tried this, and failed.

I found it so hard to take the time out to write and eventually the pace of writing slowed to a near standstill. I needed a better way to record. I knew the benefits of personal reflection, and I could imagine sometime in the distant future passing my journals to a grandchild for them to learn about my past. They would learn so much about my personal challenges in growing up as a Chinese boy in a predominantly (and still partially racist 1970s) south west London area.

I knew that the lessons which could shaped who I was, would also shape all of my future generations. The importance of recording my story become a top priority, but I still needed a better way to do it and I decided that a video journal would be the easiest way. I figured that I could say in 5 minutes much more than I could write.

I looked around, but couldn’t find an easy way to do it online and reap the benefits of cloud technology. Since there was no online service that offered this, I decided to build it myself. Today, I am my biggest user, now with thousands users I still record a video log entry almost every day, and the ease of it makes it that much more worthwhile.

What I’ve discovered is that by recording on video, it makes the things you say even more meaningful and it is a lot harder to tell a lie on a video camera. Even if you did or didn’t tell a lie, if your future generations watched it, they would be able to tell for themselves.

Humans are inherently selfish

We tend to think of ourselves first and foremost, even if we don’t mean to. We just can’t help it, it’s built into our genes, but what I love about recording my thoughts on video is that it is not only shaping my personal awareness of self, it is also supplementing my long term memory, and also forming the basis of so much of my future family’s behaviours, traits and attitudes to life. In this endeavour, by being selfish (i.e. recording lots of videos for myself) I’m actually changing the path of my future family for the better.

I wanted to share this little story from my life as I’m well aware that like me (pre-2008), many people fear change, but perhaps knowing that this fear of change could transfer down to your future family might just make you want to change for the better.

Imagine if you had 100 videos from the last year of your life, what could you learn about yourself and how would your future family think of you?


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