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March 16, 2012

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In life you are taught it’s not things that matter – it’s people. It’s shallow to love things. Things don’t wipe your tears, they don’t tell you everything is going to be okay – they don’t love you back.

But, the things with meaning, they do remind you of that – of the people that did all of that for you. Of the moments that shaped you and the times that affected you.

It’s not a book, or a bowl or a sweater or even an engraved silver ring – it is a talisman. And these things – sometimes they are all that’s left – so they are no longer just things, they are priceless.

The Internet is fantastic at capturing life – at changing it. I’m beginning to think social media and sites like LiveOn are creating digital talismans of their own and it’s fascinating to watch. It has been a pleasure getting to know this company – and their honorable intent to capture life in a way that can be passed forward for generations.

I have to admit something, though, for the sake of full disclosure – as much as I love what they are doing, there is one thing that was too difficult a hurdle to jump. One of the best parts of LiveOn is their LiveOnRewind service – their ability to take your pictures and video and put them online for you to include in your timeline. It is simple and easy and efficient.

But, I couldn’t do it.

It’s not that I didn’t trust the folks at LiveOn with my cherished and irreplaceable pictures – it’s that I couldn’t stomach the risk of putting them in the hands of a mail carrier. I couldn’t get past the horrific idea that they might get lost on their journey.

There are some images too precious and too magical for me to ever risk losing. Too many people I will never see again, too many moments that can never be replicated. These things, these tiny, sometimes yellowing talismans were too important to me – and so I didn’t go through with it.

I am not a brave person, but you should be. The ability of the Internet to create these digital talismans for you or the people you love is nothing short of extraordinary. I spend a good deal of time capturing stories for this site because I believe it’s the stories behind the things that make them beautiful. And one day I know I will find a way to take some of my things and get them online – not just because they’re beautiful, but because their stories are worth telling.

Thank you to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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