Second a Day


A year ago, I thought it would be fun to start my own second-a-day project. I think a lot of people start theirs with the beginning of a new year, but I was afraid that if I’d waited another 4 months, it wouldn’t actually happen.

So instead, I began taking little daily snapshots of my life on August 24, 2015. Watching it now, a year later with the project complete, I love it more than I even thought I would. No, it’s not as glamorous as others I’ve seen. I forgot to record in landscape for a lot of them, and some of them don’t seem to capture what I actually intended to chronicle (read: floor shots). But that’s me: very imperfect, hardly a videographer, and just a wee bit technologically impaired.

I love how so many of the seconds bring back vivid memories with a lot more context than any viewer would see. There’s one second of a bubbling Jacuzzi that I would guess a lot of people would think is a snapshot of a mini-vacation. And it was, but it was also the weekend getaway we were heading toward when we got into a car accident and totaled my car. We never got in that Jacuzzi. There’s my first day at Time Warner Cable, a part-time job I kept for a paltry two months. My last second seems like nothing: me driving down South Congress behind a big truck. But to me, it was perfect, because Tom’s Diner had come on the radio and anyone who’s around me all the time (Marcus) knows that I hum that song ALL THE TIME. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why.

A lot has happened in this past year. I traveled to Victoria for work and Salt Lake City to visit my dad. I got to meet Marcus’s parents and spend Christmas with them, I started a new job and have met so many interesting people. I helped my best friend pack up her moving truck and watch her and her husband drive off toward California. There have been a lot of exhausting days and amazing food, impromptu living room dance parties and a semi-surprising amount of MIA.

I hardly recorded every day. In fact, I only captured 185. But it was a wonderful exercise that kept me just a little more cognizant of the special moments in my life and appreciate the mundane ones more, as well. I’ve started the project over for another year, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.


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