Childhood is a magical time when we explore our surroundings and grow up with a loving family around us. Amazing memories are made during our youth, ones that we sometimes wish we could enjoy again. Of course, there’s no way to turn back the clock to do that, but we have a few suggestions that can bring you close.
Photos and Film
If you’re lucky, your parents will have saved some endearing moments on polaroid or film. Dig around in the attic and find all those photographs or tapes. Get your family together to arrange an evening of reminiscing over old photos. Perhaps organize the pics and create a scrapbook of your favorite moments. You can also consider getting a photo book printed for each person. Those at Everpresent recommend converting VHS tapes to DVD so you can enjoy old videos. You could do a movie night with popcorn and close family. It’s a beautiful way to relive some good times and reminisce about the people around you.
Recreate the Past
Arrange a family picnic and include some fun activities. Let your hair down, and don’t restrict yourself. Do whatever made you feel good as a kid. Our hectic lifestyles prevent us from doing the simplest things, which we all loved as children. If you’re at an amusement park, go on the rides, play the games, and take pics for your scrapbook. If possible, seek out old places you used to enjoy as a youngster and revisit them. Perhaps your parents used to take you to a museum that you loved, or a particular restaurant. Make a visit to those eateries and order what you used to have as a child, or take your own children to the museums and enjoy them together. Doing the things you used to love as a child will bring memories flooding back and what better way to create new memories in the same places with your own family.
Music for the Soul
Make a mixtape or, in today’s terms, a playlist. Anything that brings back memories or that was released during your youth should go onto the list. Try to remember as far back as possible to the very first song that you can recall as well as music your parents would put on in the car or at family reunions. Think of big occasions such as birthdays or Christmas and what was playing then. Once you’ve created the list, sit down in a quiet spot. Pour yourself a coffee, and take a trip down memory lane as you listen to the oldies. Better yet, let the music play in the background and take out a box of crayons and some paper. When was the last time you colored in or drew a picture like you used to? Let your imagination take you away like it did when you were young. You’ll be surprised how much comes flooding back with simple activities.
Many of us would love to turn back the hands of time and return to our childhood years. Unfortunately, that’s not possible, but you can enjoy some old family photos with your loved ones to ignite the memories. Get the family together and go to an old favorite spot to let your hair down and feel like a child again. To jog your memory of being young, make a playlist of your childhood songs, and draw some fun pictures. We can’t go back in time, but we certainly can revisit and enjoy our memories using some of these unique ideas.
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