There are several things you should keep throughout your life. I always ask my grandmother in her old age what items she appreciates the most after all of these years. She is always getting rid of knick knacks and trinkets that people gave to her over the years, but there are a few things that she refuses to get rid of. I’m about 60 years younger than my grandmother, but I see her point, and I think that these are some of the things you should keep throughout your life.
1. Important Documents
Tax papers, your birth certificate, Social Security cards, and deeds to your house or a copy of your lease are a few things you should keep throughout your life. These documents are important when applying for a loan, getting a new job, or when looking for an apartment. These documents identify who you are. Keep them safe in a fireproof lockbox so they are protected forever.
I grew up playing guitar. But when I went to college, I wasn’t allowed to take it with me. I eventually got my own apartment in the city and my mom gave it back to me. I felt as if I was whole again. Instruments are a way for you to express yourself, and once you learn how to play them you’ll never forget. Even if everything else goes wrong, you can always play music on the street for money right?
3. Love Letters
My grandmother was married for 60 years to the same man. After he passed away she went into a little box that had dozens of letters in it and started looking through them. My grandmother told me that even though she loved my grandfather unconditionally, it’s still nice to remember that she was cared for by other people. Because of her I have kept love letters from people in high school. It brings back a lot of memories and makes you feel happy because you know that someone cared, and maybe even still cares for you.
4. Childhood Photos
I only have one photo from my childhood and I really wish I had more. I look through my boyfriend’s family albums and it’s amazing to see that he had the same personality as a child that he does today. He has pictures with family members that have passed away and childhood friends. I have a picture of me holding a flower. So I either had no friends as a kid or my family just never owned any cameras. Keep your childhood photos. You can show them to your children and compare your pictures to theirs!
5. Good Friends
This isn’t a physical object that you can keep in a box somewhere, but this is a good thing to have, especially if you don’t have anything else. A good friend is someone that is there for you no matter what. You could end up homeless and they would take you in. Those are the type of people you need in your life forever.
6. Your High School Yearbook
Besides the one picture of me holding a flower as a toddler, the next best thing is my high school yearbook. Why wouldn’t you want to look back and see how awkward you looked at 17? You can remember so many things by flipping through the pages of this magical book. You can see how people changed; how you changed. You’ll appreciate the person that you are today by remembering what you did and who you were at that time.
7. Your Journals
This is the same concept as keeping your high school yearbook. You can flip through every page and remember every emotion you were going through at a certain time in your life. It makes you appreciate how much you’ve grown as a person.
Sometimes it’s nice to go through your home and get rid of everything that you don’t need. But while you’re going through photo albums and asking yourself why you keep them, remember that you will appreciate them as time goes on. Applying for a job will be so much easier when you don’t have to panic about finding your social security card. You can reminisce with old friends while looking through your yearbook. These items are things that I think you should keep throughout your life. What are things that you thing people should keep through the years?