Sunday, January 2, 2011
I'm a sucker
I sat with my 365 ending. I wallowed in it. I cheered for it. I cried too many times at the video. I watched my baby turn into a boy (even a tiny one). I watched Cooper walk off to Kindergarten. I watched those painful two weeks flash by with some catchy music. I saw the happy moments & I watched our growth. I celebrated the end of the year. And I vowed to not do another 365.
But then I started saying, "Not right away at least."
On 1/1, I watched person after person take the same journey. I felt excited for them. I understand the caution & the worry. But above everything else, I know the joy & satisfaction a completed or even half-completed project will bring. Above are some of my favorite Flickr people & they are about to walk the long road of 365. And all of sudden, I want to come along.
Why the hell not?
I'm tagging along for a couple reasons. One, I'm lazy. Without kids, I'd be on the couch flipping between the Food Network & some horrible reality show. Before kids, I had been known to buy more underwear instead of doing laundry. I had also been know to turn them inside out, but I think that was in middle school when I didn't really understand hygiene. The 365 gave me a reason to keep pursuing photography. And I'm afraid that I still might need a reason to get off my ass & shoot something. Two, peer pressure gets me. If all these women are jumping off a bridge, so will I. One of them will break my fall. Three, I loved our year. I loved watching it flash before me. I loved watching & appreciating every single day. Call me cocky, but I thought it was gorgeous. I won't scrapbook. I won't dust of the video camera. I never filled out baby books. But I will work really hard to capture every exciting & boring moment of our lives. Go on & circle back to reason number one... Because if I don't have a project, I won't do that.
Starting on 1.11.11, I'll start 365 Part 2. Same goal, capture our lives as authentically as possible. But this time, if something begs to be black & white, it will be. And if I miss a day, I will without guilt. I'm going to use this week to figure out if I want to tack on some goals. I figured by the time 1.11.11 gets here, I'll be refreshed & ready to go. I need a little Internet break anyways. So I'll go & get ready. I eat right again. Sleep. Maybe even shave my legs. But I want to play the 365 game again. If you ladies don't mind a straggler, I'm coming.
Posted by Erika at 5:11 PM