10-14-14. At least one post a week, at least 52 weeks. starting now.
Why yes, immediately following my first post that ragged on posting excessive photos of oneself, I am, in fact, posting photos of myself from homecoming! But don’t you see? Self documentation, in a moderated and controlled method, can be acceptable and more captivating, I promise! I only chose 10 pictures that I thought were worth a thousand words, and I will hopefully still remember each of those 1,000 word-descriptions when I look back at these photos on a later date by which time these pictures will, hopefully, embarrass me to death.
I’ll write about homecoming later, but for now just photos. yay.
I am starting this blog for a few reasons. The first and most important to me is that I enjoy writing, but rarely give myself time to do so. This promise to post at least once a week will build that short but necessary block into my schedule, forcing me to make time to do what I love.
Secondly, I have heard of a study recently in IB Psychology. The results of the study supported the theory that personal documentation and creative writing for a long period of time can help improve brain function and enhance one’s manageability of stress. God knows that in the start of my junior year of high school, I can use all the help I can get.
Finally, I turn to our good friend, social media. This past weekend was my third homecoming of high school, for which at least 36 hours surrounding the dance, my Facebook page was solely albums of girls standing in the same pose for roughly 300 pictures per profile, only interchanging the guests with whom they stood with between the incredulous number of photos. While I despise this level of self documentation (NOT those who pursue it), I also can not help but feel a twinge of jealousy. These people will, no doubt, have an extremely vast array of photos from any and all events in their adolescent experience to show others later on and to reflect on personally throughout their lives. In contrast, I am lucky to take a single satisfactory picture of myself for my birthday, much less write down any information about my memories, feelings or wishes. As much as I hate to admit it, this wave of HC 2014 FB albums has pushed me to act on my desire for more self documentation and self exploration; just possibly in a form I’m a little more comfortable with.
I am excited to start off my blog and begin creating a portfolio of my life, one entry at a time.