A year from today, what will ‘future you‘ think of your timehop? It sounds like a bit of a deep question, but with so much of our lives played out online these days it got me thinking! I recently received a Facebook ‘On This Day’ notification which unearthed pictures from a 2014 summer BBQ; a blast from the past considering that everyone in the photos has now actually moved away from Manchester.
Part of a wider photo album capturing 2014, I couldn’t help but click through every single photo; retagging friends and reliving old nights out. You may have seen my recent tweet about feeling somewhat cringe-worthy about taking my camera everywhere with me during university, but actually I’m SO glad I have all these memories to look back on.
Sometimes I cringe about the fact I took my camera EVERYWHERE in uni, but I'm so glad I captured all the good times. 💖 pic.twitter.com/7kSm52OW8w
— Jessica Wilby (@_Philocalist) March 13, 2017
Some cultures believe that taking a selfie steals part of your soul. I like to believe that these photos feed the soul. They bring a rush of blood back to the corners of your mind where you store cute moments with loved ones, mad nights out and light bulb moments that make you say ‘Oh my god! Yeah, that actually happened!’
There’s a fine balance of sharing your life online; filtering the good & the bad, keeping moments private and still being authentic. I put these on my personal Facebook, but it’s rare I share snaps like this on my blog. They’re too candid. Obviously my blog isn’t exactly preened to perfection but I do like to keep things private.
The one thing that struck me is the lack of uploads following my graduation. It’s time for me own up to the fact that life hasn’t been the same since. I feel less desire to share and capture memories when I don’t have people around me to share the good times with.
I’ve slipped into this idea that my life is totally monotonous, when it’s not! I still love living in Manchester, I still go out and have a laugh and I’m still striving for new adventures. If anything, I’m living within my own warped parameters and I need to go out there and do more. I don’t need to share it online to confirm anything, but I do need to pick my camera up again and make some blood good memories.
If there’s one thing we can learn from recent events, it’s to cherish the life you live. Take that selfie, apply for that role, book those tickets, go on that night out, take that course; do as much as you can in the short time we have and make sure you’ve got the memories to show for it.