There’s no bigger frustration than not being able to remember what happened in my life. With 365 days to remember in a year, you start to forget the mundane things that happen. That’s the reason why I started the “1 Second Everyday” project in 2015.
How it all began for me
The “1 Second Everyday” app allows you to select 1-second video clips to remember each day by. They automatically tack on the date and string together a seamless video for you! I discovered this app in December of 2014. As you may or may not know, I am the (self-proclaimed) Queen of Nostalgia. I love to look back on old photos, old videos, old memories, and just dwell on them for a good while. It’s not that I don’t look forward to the future, nor that I’m stuck in the past. I can’t describe it, but it just makes me real happy to recall past memories. What better way to do so than to pick a significant moment to remember each day by?
As of today, September 1st 2016, I am embarking on the 21st month of this adventure. I compile my 1 Second clips into videos every 4 months. I have found that I remember a lot more of what happened in the past 1 year and 8 months than I did before taking on this project.
It becomes a routine, and every day is a new adventure.
Hitting a Slump
However, it’s true I hit a slump for the first time ever during this latest four-month segment. In June and July, I had no true motivation to document my life. 1SE became a chore, and I seriously contemplated quitting.
I think a large part of it was that I tried too hard to make my life look fun. It was REALLY easy before because I was in school and constantly surrounded by friends, people, and work. Once I came back from my trip in late-May this year, the realization of being an alumni set in. I had no job, and I had no idea what my future would hold. I quite honestly just spent my days lounging around at home with nothing to do. It made me upset, and I had nothing exciting to share.
But that’s when it clicked to me:
This project is supposed to be a true reflection of how I lived my life. I want to be able to look back and see the good days AND the boring ones. I remember what I was doing when I was taking videos of the most random things — i.e. my bedroom lights or me sitting in a car.
I picked up the drive to continue this project and hope that I will be able to keep up with it for as long as I can. It will be so fun to compare years of footage side by side, to see how I have grown!
That is why I implore you to take on this challenge if you haven’t already. It’ll become a habit. It will be the most tell-tale recap of your ordinary life. I promise.