There are several reasons why it is important for each of us to explore the aspects of the past that have made us who we are today (as individuals and collectively). One reason is that much of our sense of identity derives from the past, especially as we reach full maturity/middle age.
New experiences can seem to be part of us, but they are often just fleeting fads and fashions. Children, teenagers and people in their twenties and early thirties are especially confused by their continually changing sense of identity. It is one of the reasons why I have written a blog especially on the topic of identity. You can find it here.
When we are young, many of us rebel against aspects of the past that restrict, deny or challenge our own sense of identity. Self-expression is a vitally important part of our mental well being, yet how many of us truly understand ourselves enough to express that self? Do fashions - and traditions - prevent us from being who we truly are?
If you would like to explore this topic further, please visit my By Any Other Name blog when you have a spare moment or two.
Many people who arrive at this Ancestors Within blog are usually interested in researching their own family history, genealogy, ancestry, whatever you want to call it. My interest is in enriching that process, deepening the experience and making it more meaningful, here and now, and in the future (even for future generations of your family).
This is especially beneficial for those who are trying to encourage reluctant family members to take more interest in exploring (and valuing) their heritage.