Here's What Happened When I Documented 1 Second of My Life Every Day for a Year
The Los Angeles premiere of Depeche Mode's "Spirits in the Forest". My reaction after viewing the documentary — which I'm in —for the first time on my laptop at home. Taking my oldest son to college. Going to the gym. Going to the gym some more. Watching my cat groom my dog. Hugging my friends. Climbing Mt. Hollywood. Going dancing. Feeling sad. Getting sick. Stressing out that I maybe had cancer again. Taking my youngest son to the ER. Watching him being wheeled away for emergency surgery.
All that happened to me in 2019, and then some. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, how about 368 seconds worth of photos (and videos!) to tell the story of the past year?
"Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life." That's the tag line for the app 1 Second Everyday. I found out about it last December and had two reactions: horror and fascination.
Fascination because I have a terrible memory and this seemed like a great way to remember what actually happened to me. Plus, it seemed more doable than writing in my journal every day.
But I gave the app a side-eye because even before downloading it, I could feel the pressure to wrap my existence up in ponies and rainbows. One second of daily perfection. If that's not a HORROR SHOW, I don't know what is. After all, no one wants to see one second of me crying in my car while driving from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz. And crying on the way back. Heck, I don't even know if I want to see that.
But curiosity won and I started uploading pics and videos on Dec. 29, 2018. I kept on through Dec. 31, 2019. It's not everything that happened or everyone I spent time with. It's a highlight reel look at what my life was like last year. Minus the crying. I promise.
Will I do it again?
I already uploaded something for Jan. 1, 2020. She ready.