Every year I seem compelled to do this annoying photograph thing where I post pictures of things that made me happy that day for 100 days. It’s a gratitude journal really – just a public one. It has the benefit of making me focus on positives (good for mental health) and the added bonus of amusing social interaction (because I do thrive on input).
The trouble is it’s tied in to the problem with social media. Some people I know use social media frequently to post things. Some occasionally post things. Some just read it. Some have accounts but never look at it. Some don’t even have accounts and don’t realise that they are missing my photographs of bin bags.
All this, of course , is absolutely fine and personal choice. But if you look at facebook at all you’d be forgiven for believing that everyone who actually posts on there has some kind of charmed life. So posting 100 photos of positive things makes it look like you have an idyllic existence every flipping day. Of course that is utter bobbins.
Here are just a few examples from this year’s 100 Happy Days:
So I do worry that people might sit looking at my facebook feed and thinking “Oh shut up about your life” or “stop boasting”. When all I’m really trying to do is find a diamond in a rough day, or remind myself how lucky I am.
I reached 100 photos. Some of them were not very exciting, some of them were snapshots I’ll treasure. I apologise if you have been annoyed by them at all.
Life, of course, is a mix of ups and downs. It’s important to remember that just because someone posts a picture of their dinner doesn’t mean they even ate their lunch.