I have been trying to talk a friend of mine into recording his Life Log, for a few months now, perhaps as long as six months. He didn’t want to do it because he felt he didn’t have anything interesting to say, which is completely wrong by the way. In the last few weeks he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and now doesn’t want to do it because its maudlin, which is also completely wrong by the way.
The right time to record your life log is right now, regardless of your age or your health status. There is no other way to say this. Your story is such an important gift to those that follow you it cannot be overstated. Pretty much everyone I know would love to be able to sit down and revisit stories from their mother or father or their grandparents. That desire, that yearning increases with age and certainly with the passing of your elders.
The only alternative I can see is leaving it until you die and having your relatives visit someone with a crystal ball in a darkened room. Most people I know would think that is a bit too hit and miss though.
Do yourself a favour, but more importantly do your children and their children a huge favour and record your life log. Your story is important to them to help them understand not just you and your history but it helps them understand their own roots, their quirks and perhaps even provides answers to long forgotten questions.
Regardless of whether you choose to use my services or not, record your story, for the benefit of future generations. Talk about your loves and losses, your family, your work and home life, talk about the things that are important and the things that are not. Describe the world as it was and the way you see it now. I can absolutely promise you it is a gift beyond measure for those that follow you. There is comfort in simply hearing your voice, particularly when that is no longer possible.