Journey to the Unknown…

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Have you seen the movie 50 First Dates?

It is a touching story of a woman who looses her short term memory, in a car accident. This is not amnesia where it is possible in time, memory can return.

She meets a man who falls in love with her and he keeps finding so many different ways  to meet her. They go on 50 First Dates, because she couldn’t remember anything beyond her first date with him.

The story continues with her waking up in the morning, completely confused with her surroundings and in fear. She notices a VHS Video Tape in front of her marked “PLAY ME”. She plays it and sees a recording of every important memory that would connect her feelings, to every special moments she experienced, from past to present.

Finally, it ends with her embracing her daughter and husband, with the look of satisfaction, because she remembered. This movie gives a strong support that shows us about the importance of recording our memories and Celebrating Life. Photos and Videos can remind us of our past and connect us to how we felt at that particular moment in time.

Often when we recall a memory, we remember how we felt. Our memories can fail us, in accidents from brain damage or even Alzheimers. It is and can be a very challenging  when a loved one remembers nothing in their life. A trying time for them and their family.

Wouldn’t using our photos and videos be a great way to help with memory loss. Even just a 5 minute video slideshow, of an important event can help them connect to their feelings, even if its for a brief moment. Perhaps, this might also be a way to give hope, if not find an understanding.

I truly believe that we all need little reminders to Celebrate Life and the opportunity to tell our stories. A photo or video or even a particular song can stimulate our feelings to remember certain events in our life.

Now is your time to Celebrate Life! What is the photo, video or songs that reminds or connect you of a particular moment in your life?

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About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".