Life is meant to be fun. I believe in using thrill as therapy, in working hard for what you want, and in speaking up for what you believe in. I believe that, as we live, we should constantly be striving to get better at living. We cannot control what happens to us, yet we absolutely can control how we react to what happens to us. I believe in holding myself accountable to build a life that I love.
That is why last year I bought a camera. Though the task sounded impossible at the time, I made it my goal to take a picture every single day for an entire year. My hope was that I would motivate myself to make each day more interesting than the last, using pictures as proof. When asked which of the pictures was my favorite, I wanted to be able to respond with, “the one that I’m going to take tomorrow.” So for the last 12 months, I learned how to use a camera and I also learned the true meaning of persistence.
Looking back on all three-hundred and sixty-six (leap year) photos today, I realized that those static images have the uncanny ability to jar the memory and bring places and people back to life. They bridge the present with the past and also speak in the most universally understood language. Were it not for them, my experiences would have remained as imperfect memories of perfect moments. All photos speak a thousand words. This one contains a library.