After two weeks of no real responsibilities, I’ve realized I’m really bad at having free time. I anticipated this happening because free time has always been a pretty foreign concept in my life, so I started planning my couple months off before they actually happened. For someone who’s typically a pretty good planner, I didn’t do so well. The one thing I told myself was that I’d enjoy my first opportunity to relax since I can remember, and I would figure out any way to make that happen.
I got a new camera as a graduation present, something that I decided would help to make these couple months of self-discovery much more enjoyable. I’ve been taking pictures of a lot of things, many that don’t actually “deserve” to be photographed. One of the pledges I made to myself was to take at least one picture every day in 2012. I’ve been pretty successful so far, but a lot of that is due to the fact that I have tried to find beauty and value in things that seem pretty ordinary.
My motivation for all of this… my word for the year is cherish. I came upon the idea to choose one word as a focus for the year ahead on a blog that I’ve become a big fan of. You can see the post here. I decided that in a year full of as many big changes as mine is bound to be, I need to have a positive mentality going in. I knew that my two months of “unemployment” to start my post-grad career would probably make me crazy if I didn’t think about the benefits. Moving to a new city alone in June and leaving behind everything that’s always been comfortable would be a disaster if I didn’t tell myself ahead of time that I would have fun. I decided that I needed to not only cherish all of these major things in the next year of my life, but the little moments as well.
So, I’m going to blog. Because I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, and I really want to remember everything that I cherished. I’d journal, but I’m a little spastic about having my home catch on fire one day and watching all of my memories burn to ashes. Evidently this blog will also be a way for me to show everyone how embarrassing and irrational my true thought process is.
Here are the photos I’ve chosen to represent each of my days so far this year:
January 1, 2012
January 2, 2012
January 3, 2012
January 4, 2012
January 5, 2012