Most people do collecting or have a collection of some item or several items. Such as art collections where people will spend millions of dollars on their art and even build rooms to exhibit the art. These rooms are designed to have just the right room temperature and the right sunlight filtering in or no sunlight able to enter, and these aren't museums, but everyday people
Then of course, if you ever watch television, there's the show about hoarders, which is a way of collecting taken to an extreme. I've watched the hoarders break into tears over having to decide which items to give up.
I'm a collector of family history. I'm into genealogy, trying to track where my family ancestors originated. On my dad's side, I've tracked back to my great great grandfather, 1827. I know that my great great grandmother's family are Scots Irish from Ireland, their name is Roan/Rowan. I discovered that both sides came through Virginia and then moved through South Carolina, on to Georgia where most settled, while some moved on to Alabama.
When I'm doing the collecting of old pictures I get to travel around and meet my older relatives. As I scan the pictures, they love to talk about the past. One story leads to another as they tell me what event was transpiring when the picture was taken, plus where it was taken. Did you know that the reason most people look so stiff and pained in older photographs is because there's a brace positioned at the back of the neck to keep the head and body very still due to the time needed for a negative to be formed? Once the flash occurs, they must be still for a certain amount of time and no movement or it will ruin the shot. My most prized photograph is that of my great grandfather and grandmother William and Martha. This picture is over a hundred years old. I feel honored that my cousin Barbara, who owns the original, allowed me to take the back off the frame and scan the picture so I could make it part of the family history I'm creating. As I dusted the frame and glass before I replaced the picture, it crossed my mind that this dust could be over a hundred years old, I could be the first person to touch this photograph since my great grandparents placed it into the frame! They were only married for twelve years. She died during childbirth. From what I hear, she was the love of his life, even though he married a second time.
When I'm collecting information, it's as though I'm there beside them, learning about their lives, imagining what was going on daily for them. Such as the fact that my great grandfather from the picture above was born the year Abraham Lincoln was elected as President. That the reason his family moved to Alabama from Georgia was due to the invention of the cotton gin. The cotton gin encouraged people to grow more cotton and to do that they needed more land. This pushed people further west into Alabama and Mississippi. Should you want to look at old pictures and read stories about their lives, go to my blog here.
There are some people who collect baseball cards and how many children do you know that collect seashells when they go to the beach.
My grandson Sean looking for seashells at Panama City Beach, Fl
There are all kinds of collections, the attraction to collecting is that when you're involved looking for the items, it's like being absorbed in painting a picture or writing a story, the focus is away from the day to day worries and stress. It becomes a passion. Collections can be fun, so if you're not collecting now, try creating one! I think you'll be surprised at the pleasure gained by creating a collection. I know I enjoy finding old pictures, stories of my ancestors and meeting cousins that I've never before met who are also researching their families. We exchange pictures and information. We go to each others family reunions that are held each year. I've started a book on our family history. As I said before, collecting is great, and it makes a wonderful hobby.