Why, Why, and Why?

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The Final Stretch

If you've been following my journey over the last few weeks, I'm happy to report that I'm nearly to the end of this quest to understand my memory keeping intentions.

So far, I've considered what it is I'm actually doing and what motivates me to do it. Now, I've boiled down the overarching question to its bare form—that question I've been chasing all along: Why?

Here’s what I know about my own intention so far:

  1. When it comes to outcomes, I turn my photos and words into Instagram posts, online articles/posts, and layouts for photo books and albums.
  2. When it comes to motivation, it's to document and "see" love in the important moments and experiences where love lives.

But, this last bit of the "why?" is a bit layered and hard to tease out, completely. And, it feels like the hardest part of the journey. Likewise, I feel myself heading into a familiar process—the thing I always do when considering tough questions. Which means this last bit might take awhile.

My MO for Tough Questions

Whenever I have a tough question, I wind up doing four things. I:

  1. Jot down a quick, top-of-mind list of answers that feel right
  2. Conduct research on the interwebs to find out how others have answered the question
  3. Think about both lists in the context of my own motivation and behaviors
  4. Jot down my own truth with a self-promise of flexibility and mental space to allow my truth to evolve

Which means it's time to create a quick list.

However, my quick list though quick is never simple. It's always a bit rich, because I think about (obsess over?) questions and concepts so much—especially, this question. Plus, it seems that my brain loves complexity, though my heart desires simplicity. It's an interesting struggle towards inner peace!

Anyhow, here's my list. I document what I do so that I can:

  • Calibrate/re-calibrate to reality
  • Remember what matters
  • Reflect upon and adjust our lives in some way
  • Share my perspective of today with my future self and future others
  • Find meaning

One realization about this process I've had is this: I'm not very good at keeping a journal. So, documentation isn't about a having a regular practice of writing for me—though the thought did occur to me. Nevertheless, the idea didn't feel like a “right” answer, so I left it off my quick list.

Next Steps

Once I finish it, I'm going to compare my list to ideas from the interwebs (Hey! I love research and challenging my perspective and personal filters). Then, I'll come up with my own truth which I promise to share in a future post.

For now though, I need some time to work it through.


I'd Love to Hear from You 🙂

Since I see us on this journey to master memory keeping together, I'd like to hear your thoughts. So, let's chat about:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about the post
  • What your're doing this week related to memory keeping
  • Your take on the One a Month Projects

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