The Life Legacy Project – Introduction
Starting a blog has been on my list of things to do for a while now. I am finally doing it! One big reason why I finally took the time to take on this very confusing blog thing is because I am working on a special project that I want to share with as many people as possible. I also want to have a record of how the project unfolds, so here we are.
The Life Legacy Project was born out of my participation in the final stage of the Curriculum to Living at Landmark Education called the Self Expression and Leadership Program. We were asked to take on a project that moved, touched, and inspired us. As I started thinking about this I knew I wanted to do something with photography and I also wanted to do something with the elderly. I believe we, as people are great at celebrating the beginning of life but sometimes lack in celebrating the end of life.
It took me two and half weeks from the start of this program to find the exact project that moved, touched, and inspired me. I am thankful for my mom, the director of Garden Court Retirement Community and staff for giving me the idea of my project that has now grown into something very exciting.
So, you probably want to know what the project is?
My project is to create a calendar that will be given as a Christmas gift to all the residents at Garden Court. The calendar will feature photos of the residents in a way that celebrates their lives.
In an effort to get related to the residents and find our models we sent out a questionnaire that asked, “What has been your major contribution in life? It could be your occupation/career, interest/hobby, or any other role in life. Examples: Teacher, Nurse, Mother, Military, Artist, Craftsman.” A few residents filled them out quickly and were eager to share about their lives but the majority just were not sure about this photo project. Yesterday, I was at Garden Court working on another photo assignment and after I finished I started talking to some of the residents as they passed through the lobby. These few conversations were a huge contribution to my life. Their stories are incredible and I cannot wait to share them!
I am so excited to continue to talk to the residents and work with the staff of Garden Court to create something special for these wonderful people. I am also looking forward to building stronger relationships with a few photographers that are also going to help with the project. I will include more about them as this blog moves onward.
As part of this education I have learned how to create new ways of being for my life and myself. Today the possibility I created for myself was bold conversation. I view this blog as one of those bold conversations. I had to give up the idea that I had in my head that I can’t do a blog because writing is not my best attribute. So here I am being ok with being exactly who I am and sharing my project and myself openly and honestly. I hope you continue to follow we on this journey and if you feel touched, moved, and inspired by what you read here please don’t hesitate to contact me and get involved!
The next action I am taking to create this project is holding an all staff meeting on Thursday the 22nd. This is something I would not have done in the past. Talking in front of a group of people is something that makes me very nervous. What I realize is that fear does not need to stop me and I don’t have to do everything right. The possibility of this project is too large to let fear get in the way. I will let you all know how it goes . . .