It is well known fact the Mayans predicted that the world would end on the 21st of December this year. Newspapers, celebrities and even big-budget movies were clamoring about the impending fire and brimstone our world would soon face. Thankfully, the tabloids were wrong. No matter your ideologies or religious beliefs, and where you were on that infamous day (lounging in a pool or hiding under a desk), death is a sobering, powerful catalyst that makes us think about the ones closest to us and the moments they have so brilliantly defined. But do we really need the threat of world destruction to make us appreciate our friends, families and lovers? Is each day not already a blessing that should be appreciated accordingly? Surely you have a multitude of suppressed feelings and unexposed emotions for the ones around you at any given time. We may have thousands of things we wish to accomplish or express before we pass away, but when our time on this planet draws near we all share one familiar and poignant sentiment: I want to spend these last moments with the ones who made a difference in my life. Many people have unfortunately experienced this same feeling sometime during their lifetime. One of these people is Marc Oparq, Dutch entrepreneur and father of two children who, during a terrible flight experience, had only one thought in mind: “I have so many things to tell my kids, but they are too young now. Something unexpected can happen any day. How can I make sure they will know about all my thoughts, feelings and wishes for them?” It was in the aftermath of this jarring moment where the concept PassedOn was born. After much diligence and care, Marc’s vision was brought to life and turned into a virtual platform that is both secure and simple to use for a wide target audience. In short, www.Passed-On.com is a social enterprise where people can upload and save important thoughts, wishes and multimedia for the ones they love. Whether it is a personal message from the heart, a love confession, a late apology or a long-kept secret; PassedOn is a web-based global initiative for those who wish to create "Emotional Wills" and ensure that their most important memories will be carefully protected, shared, and cherished forever. Users need only create an account to receive a free lifetime membership. |
After only a month of operation, the website has already received significant support and a substantial member base spanning 68 countries. The user interface of PassedOn is simple. Once an account is created, the user can choose and add profiles for their Loved Ones and three people they trust the most, deemed “Guardians.” They can then immediately start to create Emotional Wills for these people through text messages, photo albums, video uploads, etc. The originality and diversity of one’s Emotional Will is only limited to the user’s imagination. In conclusion, should we wait for a new “End of the World” deadline to start expressing our real feelings or should we start today? That choice, my friends, is thankfully yours.
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