Time capsules serve purposes: one, an individual reminiscing about an earlier time in their life. They get the opportunity to relive their childhood or another enjoyable time in their lives. Second, the time capsule can be used to teach future generations about the past; how they lived, what they created, and the impact they made to the culture around them. When a capsule is uncovered it teaches us a lot about a previous time, whether it be for personal growth or societal growth.
What is often forgotten is that time capsules are often made without even realizing it. Time capsules could be shared or hidden in secret. Today’s examples of time capsules could be videos and statuses posted on social media, letters to a friend or family member, a personal journal or diary, or merchandise that we own.
Have we ever considered what is thought when these long-term time capsules are found? What do they tell us about the previous time that we once lived? These are the exact questions I found myself rolling through my mind when I read an article (linked below) about two women who found a jar with three letters in it from two high school students and a teacher from Clayton, Indiana. the letters were dated September 10, 2001.
While these three letters did not come from New York, nor did they come from survivors of the 9/11 tragedy, but this is still very fascinating. This is fascinating because it shows the livelihood and interests of the regular teenager in 2001. Everything from regular and mundane to the ultimately interesting.
At the time, I'm sure that these letters would have been mundane and ordinary, yet so many years later it gets the audience thinking about a major time in our history and the changes that have happened since September 11th, 2001.
These three letter writers had no idea that their letters would be found in such a time, nor did they know that the tragic events would happen the next day. They just created something new and sent it into the world.
Let’s look at today:
Time capsules are vital in learning from the past and moving into the future. Therefore, we should all try to leave our mark on the world, whether small or large, we need them all. Whether your talent is still developing or whether your talent is professional level.
Let's find our passion and leave our time capsule through our art so that future generations can learn from it, giving them a further step in leaving their mark on the world.
Anthony K. Giesick
Actions are taken everyday that help make this world better and I just want to share them with you.