good life with diana wrobel
Part of cultivating a good life is making memory keeping a part of your lifestyle – first and foremost, for your own sake.
Since I am a member of the Project Life Creative Team, it’s quite obvious that I am passionate about memory keeping. Looking back, I always have been, in some form or another, be it through journaling, blogging, or photography.
However, when I found out last year that I might never be able to have children of my own, I realized that the main motivation behind my memory keeping has always been to document my life for future generations. They were the audience I imagined when deciding which photos to print and which stories to document. My infertility spurred an identity crisis for many reasons, one of which was that memory keeping suddenly felt pointless. I looked at the albums and photo books lined up on my bookshelf and it hit me that they might never mean anything to anyone but me.
When the devastating news had sunk in a bit though, I realized just how much I am actually gaining personally through memory keeping. When I look at my life through the viewfinder of my camera, I notice all the little things that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Things like an especially vivid sky or how the light flows in through the curtains of my bedroom on a sunny morning. The more I look, the more I notice all the beauty that surrounds me.
Memory keeping also inspires and encourages me to actively make more memories. Instead of staying home regretting the things I don’t have, I plan new adventures, search for new things to try and places to visit. People often compliment my boyfriend and me for being good at exploring our surroundings and I know few people who have explored their neighbourhood as thoroughly as we have. And yet there are always new things to discover if you take the time to look. There’s always a new picnic spot to find or a different beach to try.
Of course I still hope that my dream of having a family will come true one day, but in the meantime, memory keeping is helping me make the most of my life at present. When I look through my completed photo albums, I can see clearly that my life is fulfilling and that even though it might not look like I had imagined it would at this point, there is still so much to be thankful for.
Diana is part of our Creative Team using Digital Project Life. Diana currently resides in Sweden with her boyfriend, parents, and three younger sisters.
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