Today I was reading a blog I enjoy by Lisbeth Darsh where she asks if "Do we experience anymore or merely document?"
My answer is that I both experience and document.
I know I am not alone. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know I love selfies, but more than that I love capturing moments in my life. From the mundane sitting in the car waiting for my kids to get out of school, important milestones & moments and the snap shots of what my daily life looks like.
I wonder if people who take selfies were in years and decades past really just sentimental people like me. I document my life, as my tribes storyteller as has been done for centuries. There will be a record of my time on this earth. Today's selfies will be just another way for people in future days to look back and see how we lived and loved. Selfies of where I am and what I am doing are a photo time capsule for future generations.
Selfies and the internet just allow us to show our crazy publicly.
I collect memories for myself, my family and all that I love.
I have always known how quickly time is passing. It must be knowledge from former lives because for as long as I can remember, I know time is ticking by.
I have some sort of internal clock that I can hear when ever I allow myself to be quiet. So, I don't do quiet often. I am still actively working on mediation as a way to silence the ticking I hear incessantly to not stop, not sit, not waste a moment.
I am going to share a secret with you, I not only collect photos, I collect momentos.
I collect ticket stubs, napkins, menus, love notes, drawings, sayings, brochures and my kids school work.
When my kids were younger I tried to scrapbook, but it was just too formal a process for me. I had friends who cranked out pages and pages everyday with a tried and true formula.
I am more of a "in the moment kinda documentor" who glues memories into my leather bound journal and writes around them. I love the idea of borders and stamps and stickers but it just doesn't get done if I have to think it all through and plan and purchase things in advance.
I save 10 to 12 image quotes from various social media outlets and then sit down every couple of weeks and download them off my phone and print them. I love gluing these into my journal. Sometimes they spark a whole day's train of thought.
While I still occasionally catch myself mentally day dreaming about scrapbooking my momentos and photos, I know I will most likely not ever get around to it especially since I can blog and journal and Facebook!
I hope museums don't ban selfies.
While I agree with Lisbeth that the moments should be enough, that we need to put our phones in our "pockets and stand in front of an incredible piece of art and just be. Breathe and feel what the art brings forth in you. All of the emotions are not comfortable, but they’re important to feel." I am glad I have photos of every museum in all the states and countries we have visited. I love when my kids and I are looking through my photo albums and they remember the wolves or the Pompeii Exhibit at Denver Nature & Science or the pulley system at the Clay Museum of West Virginia, or the Dinosaurs in Albuquerque, the Wizard of Oz in Kansas, getting to see Lucy the Australopithecus afarensis in Frankfurt, the animated dinosaurs at the Sternberg Museum in Kansas, the huge totum poles at the Denver Art Museum, the planes and tanks at The Nation Museum of Marine Corps...
I am so glad I snap the group selfies because it captures a moment of pure happiness for me.
I only have my kids 50 percent of each month. I treasure the photos I have of them and love going through them often. I love my photo albums and on the holidays I don't have them I spend time looking at photos of them and remembering the holidays we have spent together. I love showing the kids photos of people the only remember via photos from long lost trips of yesteryear.
Even with all of the wonderful things I fill my non-kid nights with, I find myself strolling down memory lane some nights when my soul is empty. I love that I can see my photos instantly online and relive my sweet moments.
I have a permanent story for my children and loved ones to see. Like the prehistoric hand prints in the caves of France, my selfies prove I existed.
I have traveled and eaten and lived and loved and it is all captured in my goofy selfies!