"Son, you’re too old for these games!"
If you play video games, then you’ve heard it at some point: some sort of blunt, generalized, and uninformed statement regarding video games and why you should not be playing them. There’s the all-too-common, “Aren’t video games for kids?” Then there’s the “Why do you waste so much time playing video games?” And worst of all: “Video games are really, really bad for you…”
I haven’t been using my Instagram account much at all lately. I enjoy most of my social media platforms, and use them often, but find that it’s difficult to use Instagram consistently if you’re not someone who’s interested in sharing pictures of your day-to-day life. So I got to thinking of some sort of interesting way I could use Instagram that would be fun and worthwhile. I remembered seeing people do all sorts of different challenges, like the popular “100 Days of Happiness” challenge. That’s when I realized how much fun it would be to do that sort of thing, but to take it up a notch – a very big notch. So I’ve come up with a set of rules and an intriguing title for my challenge: A Photo a Day for the Rest of your Life.
One photo, per day, of anything. This picture could be of a nice scene, an artistic take on some object, a picture of what you’re doing on any given day, or even a selfie! Anything goes; the important thing is to take one picture each day.
Keep track of the days (e.g., Day 1, Day 2…Day 300, Day 301…). The purpose of this challenge is to stay present and value each day, so number them as a reminder of each day passing-by.
If you are posting your photo on Instagram, use the #APhotoADay hashtag!
There will, of course, be days that you are unable to take a picture. At times, there may be an extended period of time during which this is the case. (If your phone/camera breaks, for instance!) Don’t sweat it; just be sure to make up for the missed day(s) by taking the photos once you are able.
Don’t let this become a stressful, tedious thing. If it begins to feel that way, take some time to change your outlook and see it as a fun, creative way to spend five minutes each day!
If you think you’re up to the challenge, then get started! In my opinion, the greatest thing about photography is that it helps you to truly see and take in the world around you. Take this awareness and combine it with a fun daily ritual, and you’re bound to appreciate your life a good deal more than you had before. And look, it’s obvious that to take a photo-a-day for the rest of your life seems excessive, and there’s a good chance that most who will try will end up stopping at some point, but why not give it a go anyways? Imagine looking back at your life and having a compilation of daily photos that you took over the course of all your years. Even if you start and then keep the habit going for a few years, it’s still a tremendous accomplishment, and something to be proud of. There’s no reason to hold yourself to only 100 days of happiness!
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"This park ain't big enough for the two of us..."
Alberta, Canada, 06/27/14
My dog, Rocco, got into his first fight today. He’s the beautiful one on the left, and the vicious looking fella on the right was his rival. Yeah, he was slightly outmatched, poor guy! He held his own though, and I’m proud of him. He’s officially an alpha male now.
Roman Ruins, II.
Rome, Italy, 04/13/13
This was the view from one of the high viewing platforms in the colosseum. I feel as though this picture captures the essence of Rome - especially as far as the city’s history goes. The aesthetically pleasing blend of architecture and greenery, in my opinion, is what Rome is all about.
All throughout the ancient city you’ll find ruins of all sorts, just like in this picture. Notice the pillars to the right: those once held up some sort of structure. The rectangular foundations on the green space at the bottom, on the other hand, once made up the rooms in a building. I recall coming across things like this all over the city as I wandered with my wife. The flora seen here is also essential to Rome. In fact, what I personally enjoyed the most about the city was the tall, vibrant trees and the lush, refreshing bushes. The grass somehow felt greener in Rome than anywhere else.
Roman Ruins, I.
Rome, Italy, 04/12/13
During my time in Rome, this was the view I’d take in each evening as I walked back to my hotel room. I recall walking along a long road, all the while taking in the spectacle to my right that was the Roman Forum (i.e., what you see in this photo), and ahead, at the end of the road, seeing the Colosseum.
The road I’d walk along was a busy one, and there was a steep drop next to it. At the bottom were scattered ruins, and all around them there were enormous complexes that were once governmental buildings used by the Roman Empire. Around sunset, the vast ruins that make up the Roman Forum glimmer in the hard, stark light. Many consider this overhead view of the Foro Romano during golden hour to be one of the world’s single-most remarkable sights.