One of my favorite social media apps is an app called “Timehop.” Timehop is an app that collects all of your old posts and photos from your mobile device, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare and takes you back in time to when your photo was taken or post was shared. Before I get out of bed each morning, I do my usual routine of checking clients’ social media outlets for updates, checking my personal outlets and going back in time with my Timehop app. It’s a fun way to see what you were up to two or three years ago on a specific date, but at the same time it is bittersweet. Let me explain…
While checking my Timehop the past couple weeks, a lot of memories from my senior year of high school have shown up. Prom, end of year assemblies, fun with friends, the All Night Party and graduation to name a few. It then dawned on me that I have been out of high school for five years! Five years ago, I walked across Fleming Field (Go Tigers!) and received a high school diploma. Five years ago, I said goodbye to my classmates that I had known since Pre-K, and teachers who inspired me to succeed in life. Five years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Five years ago, I was an 18-year-old who thought she knew it all. I can’t help but ask myself, “Has it really been that long?”
Although it seems as if the best years of your life are coming to an end, they are really just beginning. I loved high school, but looking back things that were a big deal at the time really don’t matter when you walk out of the building for the last time. I would often find myself upset and frustrated when things didn’t go how I had imagined them to. Today I think back and laugh at those “things,” and realize how goofy I was for getting so upset and frustrated. In my five years out of high school, I have accomplished more than I ever imagined myself accomplishing during my last year of high school. So thank you, Timehop, for reminding me of some of the best times of my life, and for reminding me how fast time goes. It seems like just yesterday I thought the future would take forever, but I blinked and now the future is here. I would like to wish the Class of 2016 the best of luck in all of their future endeavors! Don’t wish time away, enjoy every single second of your next five years.
If Timehop is still popular in five years, I hope you can look back and be appreciative of how far you have come.