"It looks like you’re having so much fun!" "I always see your posts on Instagram, do you even study? Looks like all you do is eat and go out!"
It’s funny when people tell me that my life looks really grand. In my view, it’s not as glamorous as people think. It’s actually full of lots of library visits and studying and work. It’s full of lonely meals and online streaming.
But they’re right—the way I document my life does indeed look like I’m having lots of fun. And it’s not like I’m trying to lie to them by posting pictures of myself having fun or eating out. Actually, it’s more of a reminder to myself; a reminder to remember the happiness I felt in that moment.
I post what I post because that’s how I want to tell my narrative. I post picture of myself out with family and friends, so that when I look back on the pictures I’ve taken, I remember my life through the happier moments. The way I choose to document my life on the internet (via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) is so that I will look back on my life and remember it in all the good moments that I chose to document.
Yeah my life sucks a lot of the time, but in the moments where it doesn’t suck, I will damn sure post a picture of it! So if it looks like I’m living a good life, thank you. It means that when all is said and done, I won’t have an album full of heartbreak or depression. When I grow up into my 70’s and 80’s, and my memory of life is hazy, all I will be able to picture is the best moments of my life. When years pass and my small battles have been fought, I can continue on with my life knowing that happiness existed during all of those hardships.
TL;DR All that I experience one day may be forgotten. In the case of my troubles and sorrows, I will eventually forget them; in the case of my happiness and the love I was surrounded with, I will always have those moments documented.
If you’ve ever lived abroad or traveled for a long time, you probably know what these 17 things are all about.
"Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart."
I love this. Especially the part about homesickness
Because every single word is true and I wish I had more than a month left here in the UK.