As you may or may not be aware, August long weekend the Town celebrated its 50th anniversary. The weekend incorporated a variety of activities, and I personally believe our staff did an amazing job.
Saturday Morning, The town suffered defeat in a friendly softball game against the MD, it certainly was not the highlight of my weekend but definitely something I will not forget. What was really cool was Friday evening; we held an event at the Town office and showcased Slave Lake’s history. The displays were definitely a highlight for me that night.
Sunday morning the library unveiled a time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. If you missed it like me, I ended up running to Edmonton Sunday, you might be regretting as I am. To see what kinds of things and memories were important to our citizens 25 years ago is pretty neat. Due to the fact that some didn’t get to see it the library has decided to leave the display on until the end of the month. If you have not had a chance to go check it out you really should. I think of how cool it must have been to put something in that time capsule to be buried for decades. What must have been even better was seeing your own item 25 years later.
My son recently turned 10 on the 10th and it was his “golden birthday”. My wife wanted to do something special so we created a time capsule for him and called our family and friends and had they put in pictures, write letters and put in things that were special to their relationships with him. We will bury it in our own backyard and give it to him when he graduates. We put in videos, we asked him who he hoped he would be and who his friends would be etc.
My wife has the best ideas, and is an amazing wife and mother, so I can’t take any credit as it was all her idea. The event really got me thinking though about what I wanted for our own community and me. What would I say to people 25 years from now, or myself for that matter. What would be important enough to put in there? Would I do a letter, a picture a video, I wasn’t sure.
What I did realize is any opportunity in life we have, to be part of history, should not be wasted. An opportunity to leave our mark on the world is a rare privilege. The library is working hard to give us all that option. They are creating a time capsule for 2015 that will be buried in town to be pulled out in another 25 years. They are asking for your thoughts, pictures, stories, mementos and want you to be a part of that history. You just have to drop something off at the library. This invitation is only open until the end of the month, but if you miss out on the opportunity you are definitely cheating yourself. I am challenging each and every citizen to make a point to make your mark on history and let’s share in this wonderful experiment. This experiment will take decades to complete, but only takes a few minutes of your time. So if you want to take the chance and be forgotten, do nothing. But if you want to leave your mark on the world, or at the very least tell the people 25, 50 or even 500 years from now who you are, who you were or make a memory last for an eternity I urge you to consider making the effort to be a part of history!