This obviously isn’t something that you do once and check off. This is an ongoing thing, and I’m proud to say that I do it. The main reason I included this in my list is because of the importance I put on documentation and connection.
I have a pretty bad memory. That’s just the way it’s always been. My memories are in still image shots, just like a photograph. And along with them (can) come smells, textures, and feelings. I have a few dozen memories that are extremely vivid, but other than that I have to rely on my own documentation to re-live things.
The good news is that since I’ve become obsessed with taking photographs, which was really just after high school, my memory feels like it has improved. It’s easier for me to remember things because I have that evidence of my experiences. And looking back at those pictures solidifies my memories. It’s something that I need.
The other way that I document my life is with words. I’ve mentioned that I keep a Happy Journal, where I write down at least three things that made my happy every single day. Going through and reading them every week to compile my happiness lists makes me feel good. It’s like I get to have that happy over again.
Anyway, I think I do a pretty good job of sharing my life with my friends, penpals, and strangers. I have my blog, I write a lot of e-mails, use social media, and I send a shit ton of mail. It’s fun to write down random things about my day and send them off to addresses I’ll never go to. But I also like hearing the progress of other people’s lives and goals, so I assume they (might) enjoy hearing about mine.
I’ve made a lot of friends through snail mail and the internet, and I’m very thankful for all of you. I hope that I always have the desire to live, document, and share.
Do you like to share parts of your life online/via the mail?