A Reddit user has inspired hundreds of people since they shared a moving life-tip. User Spanky2k posted to urge everyone on the online forum, especially parents, to record a video message for your loved ones. Seems you should do it even if you’re perfectly healthy because life is unpredictable and if something tragic happens, they would be able to hear your voice and loving words long after you’re gone.
Spanky2k revealed to losing both parents suddenly at a young age and expressed how much a personal message from them would mean. The emotional post prompted an outpouring of support from grieving family members who vouched just how precious a visual memory like that would be. Thanks to modern technology, you could easily record a message on your mobile phone. Can Spanky2 inspire you too?
Here’s what they said;
I know this is a little morbid but seriously, just do it. Record a video and tell your children that you love them, tell them what about them makes you happy and smile. Tell them what kind of a person you are: your hopes, your dreams, your worries, your failings, things you find funny, things you hate. Anything.
Yes, you may be perfectly healthy but you never know what day will be your last. Worst case scenario, you die tomorrow but your children will have a final message to watch and listen to. Best case scenario, you will live for decades to come and your children and grand children will love to watch this video of a younger you talking to them ‘from the past’.
Chances are, you’ve got a smart phone, pick it up and record something. Do it now. Don’t hesitate because you want to put some thought into it or because you think you’ll do it later when you have more time. Record something now and replace it or add to it later if you want[… ]If you have insecurities about filming yourself, record a voice memo instead. Anything is better than nothing.
Once you’ve recorded one, maybe record a new one on your child’s birthday so that years down the line, they’ll have these little snapshots of you over the years and how you’ve changed.
Of course, this doesn’t just have to be for your children; you could do the same for your partner, friends or parents. My perspective comes from being someone that lost both of my parents suddenly (on separate occasions) as a child. I really wish I had more recordings or messages from them; the best I have are a few old camcorder videos from holidays largely full of landscape shots. The one with the most actual talking is one where my mother is filming the construction of our outdoor pool at various stages and narrating it. It’s not exactly enlightening.
I can’t go back and change history, I can’t retrospectively get them to record things. Maybe I can convince someone else to do this for their children right now though.
Too morbid or an absolute must-do? Let us know what you think.