3 Reasons You Should Take Pictures Every Day

3 Reasons You Should Take Pictures Every Day

It can actually change your life.

I take a lot of pictures. Like, a lot of pictures. My friends get annoyed, but they know they can always count on me to keep their lives documented. It's fun for me, and I know they'll thank me someday.

I am an avid believer that every individual should strive to take at least one picture a day. Whether it be something memorable, pretty, or just interesting to the person taking it, taking one at least one photo per day can preserve precious memories, and improve both your physical and mental health.

Let's check out the facts:

1. Photographs preserve our memories

First of all, peep my gorgeous cousins a few years ago in North Carolina. Anyway...

Taking pictures throughout your college years and beyond will help you keep your memories fresh, no matter how bad your memory gets. Looking back on these photos will help all of us keep our youth with us for a longer period of time—something that most people wish they could do. With the devices we have with us all the time, we have the opportunity to preserve these memories for even longer.

2. When we take photos, we are more apt to get up and moving around.

When you are taking photographs, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve walked because you’re focused on getting the perfect shot. It will also get you up and out of the house, which can benefit your physical health as well. It gets really cold at my school during the winter, and we need something besides classes that will get us some fresh air each day. Taking photographs can be that something!

3. Photography of any kind can have a sort of therapeutic effect.

The process of taking photos can lessen feelings of depression.

Finding the right angles, subjects, poses, filters, etc. can be extremely beneficial to mental health improvement as they allow the photographer to focus on something besides their depression.

It gives you a new perspective of the world.

Taking photographs allows you to frame the world how you want to see it, and can provide a shift in perspective, as you are literally “looking at things through a different lens.” With this shift in perspective, you start to look for and find beauty in places you never would have seen this before. Not only can this make your overall mental state better, it will also make the world a bit nicer to live in.

I won’t allow myself to wish I had more vivid memories of college—I want to know that I have proof of these memories all the time. By taking at least one picture a day, everyone can have these memories within their reach.

Not only will this benefit your physical and mental health, they will provide documentation of one of the fastest paced, exciting times in all our lives. Just one photograph a day can actually change your life.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

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Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

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I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

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