Will you be found in 200 years?

In the near future – in four more days precisely – a historical record has the potential of being broken.  And many stories will be told about that record in particular – for generations. Guaranteed.

My husband asked this morning, how I thought they recorded similar factual accounts in earlier centuries. Was it chiseled in stone?

His question made me ponder…how did one pass down for centuries – outside of oral history, writing on paper and grasses, and figural art – the essence of peoples lives?  We know from the Egyptians, how they passed on their stories.

How do we do that now? Photos? Writing? By means of print or digital files, it will be a feat to remain accessible for centuries. Technology is evolving so fast, it is quite a challenge to keep up with the changes.

Photos are so easily lost, and the identifying of electronic images will be quite a new dilemma, in my opinion. Outside of Facebook of course.

So how will we tell our story of who we really are?
Similar to ancient artifacts, what we keep in our homes represents who we are. And the belying question for future generations will evolve into; Do family members want to keep these items?
Or will they be seen on Antiques Roadshow as pieces found in the attic. It becomes a bit of a guessing game, especially if one believes the old clichè ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’.
I believe beautiful art will be passed on for more generations than many photographs will ever survive. Art is a glimpse into the souls of those who created them, and those who own them.
A popular ad campaign asks “What’s in your wallet?” On a grander scale, I would translate that to ask you “What’s in your home?”  Will it reflect who you are for generations to come?

Oh, and that historical fact I first mentioned to be determined in four more days?
It will be; If we will have experienced the coldest winter in more than 100 years.

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