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[Steve] also taught me that the joy is in the journey, which was a revelation for me. And he taught all of us that life is fragile, and that we’re not guaranteed tomorrow, so give it everything you’ve got. – Tim Cook on Steve Jobs

I force my friends to take photos. I do. It’s because I like them. They probably don’t like it but too bad. I like it, and I want photos and I want to keep them.

My entire childhood was meticulously and almost obsessively documented. My mom kept almost all of my school work and my dad took thousands of photos. So I’m just used to having an abundance of things to remind me of what happened and how it happened and where and with whom. It’s probably why I like having blogs and multiple Instagram accounts, and videos on YouTube and all of that. A published record of existence in multiple forms.

I also completely get wanting to fall off the face of the planet and have hermetic alone time. But looking at these memories when you’re alone is what  makes them so special. Because you know you’re not alone.

A lot of people, without knowing it, struggle with the idea of immortality; how will I be remembered. How will I leave a legacy. Careers and accomplishments – who is that really for? It’s to show off to the world what you’ve done and what you can do.

I spent so much time growing up thinking “I’m going to do THAT and make all this money and be rich and have everything” and it was a waste of time because even though my dad was capturing it all on film, there’s a lot I don’t remember. I forgot to appreciate what I had, and the people that matter in that process of being immortalized. What’s the point of having everything you’ve ever wanted when there’s nobody there to share it with?

That’s why I spend so much time documenting things. I want to remember things just as they happened, with the people it happened with. It all goes back to seeing happy things – if you really look, you’ll see so much you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The world has a lot of secretly wonderful things if you take the time to look for them.

2014 was a very strange year. A lot of ridiculous ups and downs and moments I would never have guessed would happen. 2014 Was a learning experience and a year that I needed for myself, without really realizing it until it happened.

2014 is ending on a pretty good note.

I had my Friendsmas and it was the best. And I made all my friends take photos and it was silly but it was worth it. It was a poignant moment where I knew and felt that these were the 3 people that I made the right choices about; after a long week, there were no other people I would’ve rather spent time with.

I hope you all had a wonderful 2014 and wonderful holiday season 🙂

2015, here we come.

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