12 hours ago
500 posts on this app... If you would’ve told me when I first downloaded Instagram that 500 posts later I’d be showing you a picture of nothing but gum stuck to a wall... well, you should probably go buy a lotto ticket. But in reality, this marks five hundred times I loved a moment, a place, a group of people, or even a plate of food, soooo much, that I wanted to save it for later yet also share it with friends and strangers. I’ve created this long list of memories, many shared with you guys, over the years. Just like this abstract (and slightly disgusting) photo, every time I look at one of these, I remember the moment. The place. The people. Specifically for this, I remember the stagnant smell of air and rubber in this alleyway. The hot bowl of delicious clam chowder I ate right before seeing it. The random groups of tourists with selfie sticks also standing here. The overwhelmingly strange smell of fish and flowers while walking through Pike Place Market directly after taking this photo. The sun setting in the distance over the harbor, capping off Tiffany and I’s first full day in Seattle ever. This is just this photograph!
Its crazy how this little photo app has weaved its way into our lives. Personally, it’s encouraged me to see more of this amazing world. It’s opened my eyes to places I’ve now traveled that I had never previously heard of. It rekindled a somewhat dormant and neglected love for the outdoors. It’s allowed me to develop a love for photography and an understanding of how to use a camera. I’ve met so many awesome people as well, friends I’ll have for a long time. People I’ve learned from and laughed with. And maybe the most underrated of all, I now have easy access to 500 of my favorite memories that are forever etched in my mind. Even more so because of the extra time I spent remembering them by writing a caption or editing a photo.
But perhaps one thing I never expected this app to do... grant me gratitude. Scrolling through these photos every now and then makes me realize how lucky I am. To have the people I have, the experiences I’ve immortalized, the moments I’ve shared. I’m grateful beyond belief. To 500 more incredible memories! 🍻