Sometimes, it IS About Quantity!
I’ve always considered myself a maximalist. A good friend of mine once told me that I “live and love excessively” -- In all that I do, I do it large. I think I’ve spent years trying to fill space. But, in an era of Marie Kondos, there’s a certain pressure to engage the inner minimalist. What sparks joy? And what do you do if you’re the kind of person whose joy is sparked often?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a photographer on trips. I find it’s easiest to live inside of moments when they’re framed in my brain. Composing the perfect image, editing it afterwards -- for me, it’s an extension of the memory, and I’m grateful for it. When I visited Rome this past March, my impulses were kicked into high gear. I was traveling alone, seeing Europe for the first time, and every moment felt like the exact sum of the world. It all had to be noticed, and it felt like a mission to have others see and feel exactly what I was witnessing.
Phones and digital photography enable our best and worst impulses in the sense that there’s no limit to what we can capture. So there’s something to be said for curating our photos; no one needs to see eight almost identical shots of The Pantheon. There’s a difference, though, in what matters to others and what matters to you. You can’t make someone feel what you’re feeling, not every time. There’s always going to be a blurry photo with a story behind it. There’s no shortage of authentic smiles with a photo-bomber in the background. What do we do with these memories we can’t let go of, the ones not everyone needs to see?
This is the essence of FOREVER Storage - it’s a hub to store your memories. And while less may be more in some cases, what sparks joy in our own lives isn’t up for debate.
I’ll give you an example - while I was in Italy, I took a day trip to Pompeii. I remember being in third grade and learning about the tragedy of the city, how ash sank the streets into petrification. I was only 9 then, but it sparked a lifelong fascination. I never thought I’d get there. So, when I did, of course I took a million photos - or 342, to be exact.
I sat on the train on the way back to Rome, editing & deleting & consolidating. And, still, I was left with over 100 photos, just from one day! How many photos of ruins could I possibly post?! But they meant something to me. They were a bucket list item. I couldn’t just get rid of them.
That’s why I love FOREVER! I chose my top favorites for social media, like Facebook, and uploaded the rest to an album in my FOREVER Storage account. Now, I’m certainly not advocating for cluttering up your storage space - what you upload should matter to you. The point I’m making is that they’re your memories. They’re your moments. And they’re preserved forever, right at your fingertips.
Now is the time to upload! From 12am PT, June 20 to 11:59pm PT, June 30, we’re tracking how many photos you upload and tallying them in our Photo Upload Contest. For more details and Daily Top Tens, visit the FOREVER.com Facebook Page.