It's been a decade since I graduated college. I've moved three times since then (once out of the country) and have held nine jobs. I've lived in eight homes/apartments and have traveled to too many new places to count. I've eaten some outstanding meals, found some of the music that I'm sure I'll revisit for the rest of my life, read books that have forever changed my outlook.
All told, in ten years, I have experienced some things. While I used to be an avid journaler, I've fallen out of the practice in recent years. Outside of my iPhone photo library, I don't have a great detailed record of the time. Coupled with my imperfect short-term memory, I'm bound to forget much of what I've lived.
When I look back on my life, and (prayerfully) tell stories to my children, I want to be able to recount with details: the important dates, life-changing moments, and ordinary ones, too.
To help with that, I've created these Benchmark Cards for recording the highlights from any given year. Now, with the conclusion of every December, I'll review the year, and briefly write what happened, where we went, and what we loved. At the close of a decade, I'll have a succinct, but sweet picture of our lives to remember and share.
And, because I fear I'll forget to fill it out next year, I've gone ahead and sent myself an email using this handy link to trigger my memory. (I even included what drawer I'm storing the cards in so that I can locate them more easily. My future self is already thanking me.) When I complete this year's card, I'll send next year's email reminder.
The older I get, the more aware I am that memories and milestones are worth recounting. If we don't reflect on where we've been, we miss an opportunity for gratitude. So, let's get it all down on paper, shall we?