Blog - November 17, 2022

Day 17 : The November Happiness Challenge 2022

Documenting Experiences

I am typing this post for the second time, because my daughter decided to disturb me while I was almost through with the post and by the time I got back to it, the entire post had gone off without the option of rerieval. This is one of such moments where I feel like sending her to one of you. Toddlers are annoying! She is currently loosening my hair as we speak, unprovoked. If I tell her to stop, it is going to be war. Back to the topic at hand, I’ll try my best to recollect the post from memory, and I hope I do a great job because It is never easy to write the same things twice. Yesterday, someone asked on Twitter if anyone was genuinely happy at that moment and I responded in the affirmative.They further asked what I was doing to attain the happiness, to which I responded that I was going through pictures on my phone from 2019. The year 2019 was when I became a mum, the year I birthed this cute girl who I mentioned in the first paragraph. She can be a handful like she has been today but I wouldn’t trade being her mother for anything in the world. What an experience Motherhood can be. So, I was going through the memories from that year and smiling. It was indeed my source of happiness at that time and I was revelling in it, you already know that I focus on the seemingly little things to make myself happy and it’s all part of the intentional living that I imbibe. My partner and I ensured that we took lots of pictures and videos of our daughter right from birth and it isn’t even for posting on the internet because we rarely ever do that. Our intention is to capture as many moments as we can and I was especially invested in this.  We did it constantly and we were even able to capture her first ever walking steps. We took it a step further by sending these memories to an email address that we created in her name and which shed’d be able to access when she is grown. Imagine the happiness she’d experience when  she is able to go through them with the cute captions that we always make sure to accompany the memories with when we send them. I am that person who flips out her phone while hanging out with Family and friends to take pictures and videos. Again, these aren’t even for posting on Social media as I am not one to post real time content, but to save moments and view them later. It is a habit that works for me as I am able to view pictures of friends who I haven’t seen in the past years but the memories still make me connected to them. Beautiful memories are meant to be captured, and I try my best to do just that. Chats are preferrable for me to calls. This is because I am able to gather my thoughts and present them better via texts, and I also like to be able to refer to past conversations in case any confusion comes up later. I like to reference. This supports the legal perspective that every important decision must be put into writing as word of mouth only might not suffice. For me, it isn’t only the important decisions, it is literally everything. Writing also helps me to  manage my emotions better and to avoid triggering situations. For instance, these days, I would rather open my notepad and type rapidly than respond aggressively to someone who has said or done something I don’t like, It is a strategy I have developed to cope with unpleasant situations and it definitely works for me. I like to document situations in writing, pictures, videos and any other way I can, because these memories are all we get to cling to sometimes. Particular songs, or outfits , or even weather situations could serve as reminders to us about particular times in our lives, and trust me to be very deliberate about recording the very positive moments so that they serve as a pick me up for me in the future. It helps, it does help. Sometimes, I ask myself how life was before pictures. Might have been boring but I’m sure there were ways to document even at that time. Documenting experinces can be really soothing, especially when we are able to refer to them later and they make us grin with happiness. What is your way of documenting experiences? Do you regularly take pictures of places and monents? Is writing your preferred method or all of the above? Do you have other ways? Do let me know. I’ll be back. OBA  

Comments (7)

  1. Kheffytee

    November 18, 2022

    Documenting is one thing I learnt from my mom, probably because of her nursing background. That woman documents everything including finances and they have come handy in situations we need them for.

    I dont like taking pictures but I love to write and mostly especially do voice recordings, and with music and weather they remind me of certain times in my life. With the digital age, even my phone reminds of places I have been to and I am able to reconnect to such events by remembering what and with whom i had such memories at the time

  2. Shuqrah

    November 18, 2022

    This is deeply personal and profound, thank you for providing this platform and promoting healthy discussions. I absolutely prefer taking pictures, it’s so bad that everyone in my family refers to me as a photo freak😭. I enjoy taking pictures of moments shared with family and friends. Snapchat is my go to app for keeping memories as it backed up and I can retrieve the pictures/videos at any time. I stumbled on a video of my birthday few years ago yesterday and it brought a big smile on my face. I also enjoy writing, helps me express myself better.

  3. Ameenah

    November 18, 2022

    My father loves to document moments in time, looking at those pictures and videos of my childhood makes me happy and it a mood booster. So, I started documenting this way as well, I take videos and pictures when i am out with my friends, at home or I am just by myself with my thoughts. The days i feel sad and i look at all this moments i shared with my friends and family through pictures and it makes me happy.

  4. Beebah

    November 18, 2022

    Documenting memories is one of my favorite things to do. And I don’t even post half of it. On days when I’m down, I go back to watch some of the goofy videos or pictures I have with my favorite people and it makes me so happy.
    I also write and this helps to remember certain things I’ve even forgotten about.
    I think everyone should take documenting memories more seriously

  5. Khaleesi

    November 18, 2022

    I enjoy taking pictures and writing in my phone note pad, and sometimes a tweet..Going back to the picture, video or the tweet reminds me of the moments again… it’s really a good thing to document things

  6. Olatoun

    November 18, 2022

    I think writing is my favorite and most constant way of documenting. I’ve picked up journaling over the years and I record my thoughts , life situations and dua. I enjoy going back to see what my thought process, prayer points, happy moments and pain points have been over the years. It helps me track progress and growth and I just find a lot of comfort in it. I may or may not take a picture to record a moment but I’ll definitely journal my experience of the moment.

  7. Temitope

    November 18, 2022

    I used to be shy of pictures but I am learning to capture and enjoy everyday. Then with my daughter, I don’t want to miss anything, I want there to be pictorial evidence of all our stories

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