Nostalgia Of Photo Albums

Nostalgia Of Photo Albums

They are going to make a come back, I swear.
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Photo albums kind of seem like a lost tradition. It was something that people used to store their favorite moments in time and they made sure the albums were filled up with memories. Nowadays, with iphones, tablets and other kinds of technology that can store photos, it's not as relevant. Thanks to social media, you can post all of your photos immediately to the entire world or share them amongst your friends instantly, and there is no need for a physical album—it's all out there already. But having the physical albums as something to sit down with and look through with friends and family is something that neither the internet nor devices can provide.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with social media—I think it is one of the greatest things to ever happen to society. And I'm going to be the first to say that Snapchat and Instagram are easily two of the best things on my phone, and I love them more than anything. But there is just something so nostalgic about having an album full of photos. I think it has to do with the fact that you can hold the photos in your hands and you can, almost, touch them. Touch the memories. You can hold these memories close to you. You can put physical photographs in your wallet or in your pocket and carry them with you at all times. They're much more tangible than pictures on a phone, which is probably why I always keep photos around.

The other great thing about having all of your memories printed out is that you can turn those pictures into a scrapbook, a collage or a visual journal. It gives you a way to write more about a particular photo—what was going on in it that made you want to capture it and save it. My sister does a lot of scrapbooking, and it's so much fun to sit down and look through all of the memories that she has captured and the creative way that she put them together. She even inspired me to make a few scrapbooks of my own.

There is just something so great about being able to flip through a photo album and look at progressions of photos. I found a few photo albums of me when I was a baby and there were so many pictures of people in there that are no longer with us anymore. It's so wonderful to be able to see them paused in time. To be able to look at those pictures and see all of those amazing moments captured, and even though I obviously don't remember them, I remember looking through the photos when I was younger. Up until only a little while ago, I still felt the same things that I did years before.

I know that social media is, arguably, the greatest platform to date, but I want to make sure that if someday Facebook is taken down, that I have a place for all of my memories. I will never lose the nostalgia of my photos and the albums that will forever hold their place in my heart.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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