365 Days of Happy – Revisted
It’s been a while (1 month, 1 day) since I wrapped up my 365 days of happy project.
The project started as a simple attempt at finding a single moment of happiness every day for 100 days and to capture the moment with my Pentax K5. Somehow it grew to be 365 days.
I am still amazed when I think about the fact that I took at least one photo a day for 365 days. I am even more amazed when I realize I actually took a total of 9005 photos or 77.2 GB of photos!
Seriously, that’s insane!
And I thought today after taking some time without my camera to reflect on how I’m feeling now that I am not carrying my camera with me everyday. So, here are 7 thoughts/observations now that I am not taking happy day photos:
- My first thought is that, right now I am still loving not having to carry my camera with me. At about 300 days I was getting really sick of carrying my camera everywhere. So, I’m still really enjoying the fact that I am not tethered to the camera.
- I am finding myself annoyed when I see something that makes me smile, and I don’t have my camera with me. I know, I just said that I was loving not carrying my camera. Yet, I also miss it. I miss capturing these simple moments.
- I am enjoying sharing the camera with Mr. MPB again. He also loves to take photos and in the last year he virtually never took a single photo – how could he, when a key component of my project is that I took a photo of something that made me happy? The project was all about me, so he really didn’t have a role in taking the photos. (Although he did have a significant role in helping make the happy moments happen).
- I am now using my phone a bit more to take photos. Which means I am using Instagram more. (If you want to follow me on IG, I have a private account and I only approve people I know – so send me an email if you think I might not recognize your IG name).
- We found that through the project we were making an effort to get out and do things to make sure we created happy moments. We are now noticing that we are working later in the evenings and not getting out as much. While we both enjoy our work, sitting in front of our computers working until 7 or 8 pm every night is not the happiest way to live. So we are going to make a better effort to do at least a few things every week which bring us happiness – walking the dog, berry picking, jam making, cooking, etc.
- I think my photography skills improved through the 365 days. But, I’ve rediscovered that I am not very competent when it comes to photographing human beings. I got good at taking photos of objects, humans are a bit more complicated! I can see where I might need to put some effort next.
- I think I still am able to see simple and small happy moments on a regular basis. After practicing for 365 days, I’m still pretty good at it. I hope that this is something I can hold onto into the future as I think it’s a great life skill.
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