The Little Things That Count: On Scrapbooking, Collections, & Photographs

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Life is a Rubik’s Cube. It’s a colorful, enticing, and seemingly simple yet wonderful phenomenon. One moment the days can feel like they will never end, and then come and go quicker than a hiccup.

So many things change as we get older. Time seems to fly at the speed of sound, people walk in and out of the ever revolving door that is our lives, and new experiences are had along with new knowledge and insight on the events to come.

With all the hustle and bustle we go through on a daily basis, we forget to slow down and smell the roses from time to time. And what better way to slow down than by living in the past? Remember the last time you sat down and opened that old box full of memories in the attic? Your first ever Junior Prom. That crazy night with the guys at the bowling alley. Your newborn daughter lying in her bed during her first hours home from the hospital.

It’s one thing to remember those fond memories, but there’s an unrivaled rush of euphoria that comes with the physical remembrance that comes with something like a scrapbook or a collage.

Time is a tricky beast. As the years go by, some memories become blurry and fade into the chaotic highway of our brains. They can be lost in the process of being human. To lift up a photograph and see yourself, smiling, carefree, and younger is like stepping into a time machine. You see old faces and remember old places, long after those people have departed and those shops have closed down. Come on, I don’t even have to tell you how exhilarating it is to see old scrapbooks and flip through old collections of baseball cards. It’s a feeling that can change the world.

Take the time to save your memories. Had an awesome time at the roller rink with your pals? Take a photo and that memory lives forever. Remember those failed science experiments you banished to your mother’s basement? Save those. Remember that old 90s computer with Internet so slow a turtle would beat it in a race? Save that as well.

It only takes a second of your time to preserve the past, and then you have your own little time machine, ready to take you through a roller coaster ride of memories for eternity.

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