Do it for the memories

There are two types of Timehop updates. The ones that make you hide in shame and quickly delete your history and the ones that remind you of the good times, which make you instantly tag your friends.

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.

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.

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  1. hannah
    June 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I definiately agree with this post. i’m always taking selfies and some people will look at me and say, why do you keep taking photos. I just want to enjoy life and taking photos mean i can store the memories

  2. June 5, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Could not agree more! The day will come when memories are all we have… So we need to make sure we treasure the ones we make, and make as many good memories as possible

  3. June 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I bought a couple of scrapbooks two years ago and I haven’t got around to printing off my photos to put in them. I think they’re such a great idea and I really need to get myself organised!

  4. June 5, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    There is something wonderful about capturing the moment, it is sad though that one day, those photos maybe all that is left.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      June 5, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      I try not to think about it as a sad thing.
      If we go out there and live our best life and have the pictures to show for it, there should be no sadness, only appreciation. I guess one day there will only be memories left, but that’s why we should go out there and fit in as much of the good stuff as possible. πŸ™‚

  5. June 5, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Capturing the moment is brilliant and its great to keep! I have a few photo scrapbooks too

  6. June 5, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I love getting my ‘On this Day’ notifications on facebook. Love looking threw all my old photo’s brings back so many happy memories

  7. June 5, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    We definitely have to cherish the life we have and make as many memories as possible don’t we? Recent events are so terrifying, we really have to make the most of our lives

  8. June 5, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Totally agree – I am all about making memories, taking snapshots of things we do and having lots of fun.

  9. June 5, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I am a complete and utter camera addict and MUST capture every moment – especially as my kids change so much and so quickly! Love this x

  10. June 5, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Im always getting told off for taking photographs. My partner told me off last week when we had a family day off, he was like can’t you just enjoy it with out taking pics. Im a photographer though so I just like capturing moments. But I don think sometimes I should be enjoying the moments more rather than capturing them. But then again, moments are easily forgotten without photographs.

  11. June 5, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Scrapbooking memories is such a good idea. I might do this for me and my dog! πŸ™‚

  12. June 5, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I was very similar at university, I took so many photographs there. But once a I left far fewer. Until a I had children, now I take so many.

  13. June 5, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I need to take some pictures of me. I normally avoid the camera but I thought about it recently and realised if anything was to happen the children don’t have pictures to remember me by. These sorts of scrap books are great to create long lasting memories.

  14. June 6, 2017 / 12:25 am

    I did exactly the same at uni, the photos are cringe but it captured so many moments and I am sad that I don’t have as many photos now. You are right life is to be lived x

  15. Lynne Harper
    June 6, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I love looking back over pictures, reliving amazing memories. We have a large canvas with our favourites in our living room, from our favourite facebook snaps. Timehop for me makes me cringe at times and other times fills me with joy πŸ™‚ x

  16. Joanna
    June 6, 2017 / 11:36 am

    This is actually a great idea on how to “store” your memories and go back to them whenever you feel a bit down. I used to do this kind of scrap books for the trips I took but in the end I gave up as there were too many trips lol.

  17. June 6, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I love this idea and am a huge scrapbook lover having done it for years with the kids photographs and worked with a lot of the american teams who make the papers and embellishments etc! Love it!

  18. June 6, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I’m the same! carried my camera everywhere during uni. those were the good times and now, i barely carry it around. i need to start taking more photos and cherish more memories that may have been forgotten in the future

  19. June 6, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I love scrapbooks too πŸ™‚ I have a few – some with friends and one with my partner and I

  20. June 6, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I have an old Facebook account, one that is pre partner and pre child and I love to go in every now and then and look at the millions of photos we took. I have some amazing memories tjere

  21. June 7, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I take hundreds of photos every week and have memory books just lik this. My facebook is chock full of adventures and days out with family and friends and it is good to look back on them and remember the great times

  22. June 8, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Aww, I love this idea! I take hundreds of photos a week but never do anything with them except share on social media!

    Louise x

  23. francesca
    June 8, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I always think to myself, I upload most of my personal photos on facebook but when I want to show my kids in the future am I really gonna whack fb on the screen hahaha when I was younger albums upon albums were shown to me and I like that!! I agree though there are some moments that you keep to yourself and don’t share anywhere, I don’t usually share many of my moments on my blog either!