This is my first post as part of the Health Activist’s Writer’s Challenge. The challenge: Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you and your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What is in it? What would people think of it when they found it?
When I imagine 2112, I think of the Star Trek movies where they scan your body and heal it with a wand. Health and wellness will be about balancing energies within the body. It is exciting that we are just beginning to appreciate the benefits of energy medicine. I look forward with excitement to the possibilities of my children and grandchildren’s future. But, I digress and need to get back to the task at hand – putting together a time capsule.
My time capsule will include pictures of all the people I love. When my children graduated from high school I took all those pictures that i just threw into a paper bag and put them into a scrapbook. I have never been very good at recording dates so I focused on themes and events, gathering images that touched my heart and made me smile. I started one for myself that included highlights in my life – some related to being a wife and mother but mostly about my personal accomplishments.
I want my children to know and appreciate me as a person. That has become especially important to me now as I am living with several chronic illnesses. I don’t want my descendants to describe me as the grandmother who suffered with ms because that’s not true. I am living quite well, thank you, and am working very hard to not let my illnesses define me.
Let’s see… so far I have pictures of my family and my scrapbook. It would be important to include a flash drive (I hope it’s not obsolete by then) of all my blog posts as they have become an extension of my journal. It would also include my yet-to-be-written manifesto, or the core beliefs that have governed my life. It might even include some videos if I figure out how to create them on my desktop. With all these items, I imagine my box to be the size of the pink plastic crate that sits under my desk collecting single-side paper copies for recycling.
I hope that future generations would come to know what was in my heart. Living a full life isn’t about being free of illness or challenges but rather, it is about learning to transcend them… it is about living “what is” each day.