Capturing Life: Why Photography Is So Important

Capturing Life: Why Photography Is So Important

Keeping up with the closest thing we have to relive the past
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Capturing someone's life through photos is something irreplaceable and so precious. We take photos to capture memories that we want to remember. A photo says a thousand words. A photo is seeing something through someone else's eyes. We all have photos of loved ones we wish we could see just one more time. But what does a photo really mean to anyone? Why is photography so important? Any chance I get, I take a picture. I want to remember what I did, lets say, November 7th, 2014. I may have spent time with a loved one, gone swimming in a creek or even just had dinner. But nevertheless, I take pictures to relive moments. When I look at a photo from weeks or even months ago, I look for the look of happiness and joy. I think we all look at our pictures and smile.

I know I'm not the only one who has photo albums upon photo albums on a book shelf and in old chests. Every once in a while I get all of the albums out and look through them. Some of the albums belong to my great grandmother, so her picture albums are full of people she admired, some I don't know who are. Those photos she had in her albums were priceless to her, just as my photos are to me. I'm sure she looked at those photos and admired what wonderful people they were. Photos capture time periods as well, I've seen it in my great grandmothers photo albums. It's almost as if I've experienced the 1930s through the early 90s in those albums. I've come across familiar faces in those albums, but those faces are now years older. The love I have for photography will never die. If I can look at a photo and remember the way the breeze blew and remember how sweet that particular moment was, I'll consider it a treasure from heaven.

The photo above was taken at my high school graduation with an old friend I have adored from the time I was 14 years old. How special he is to me and will always be. When I look at this photo I think about how much I miss him and miss our high school shenanigans. I haven't seen this friend in quite sometime, more or less had a conversation with him, but I will always cherish him. This is why photography is so important. The feeling I get from looking at not only this picture but pictures, is something I can't recreate- it's just so special.

Photography is the closet thing we have to reliving the past. We don't get to redo it, but simply admire it and reminisce from afar.


Cover Image Credit: Ashley Webb

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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An Ending Is A New Beginning

The end is just the beginning of a new story.

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Endings are hard. They are bittersweet, and almost always painful; Whether it is the ending of a book, a movie, a beloved tv series, or a relationship.

Endings to me are the start of something new and fresh. There is a breath of fresh air to the closing of one door and the opening of another. From now on, my focus is on me and how I can best love myself. I want to be involved more in school activities and stay at school more weekends, rather than head home to see someone.

I have never taken time for myself. I always put others first, and there is never anything wrong with that, but it begins to weigh on a person when they neglect their own needs.

My new philosophy is that my happiness and my needs are going to come first. I put off what I needed for a long time in favor of someone else's needs. People often forget that their feelings matter too when they're in a relationship, and out their significant other above themselves. This ending for me is the absolute fresh start after a long almost three years where I put how I felt on the back burner in favor of someone else.

Now, it's my turn to start putting myself first and become an even better version of me.

Always make sure that you take care of yourself in every possible situation; Your health is the most important thing about you. If you don't take care of yourself before you try to take care of someone else, it will only end badly for both people involved.

Self-love and self-care are the most important things for a person, and my self-love is starting with growing out my hair, finishing out this second semester strong, and planning a beach trip for May with some of my favorite human beings.

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