I can’t quite decide what I feel about Facebook’s Memories. One one hand, it’s so rewarding to see that we’ve evolved from those redundant and upright inappropriate statuses about what were eating or where we’re headed (was this pre-Twitter), but on the other hand, it’s sad to see that some people are still doing the exact thing that’s making us cringe with memories of our undeveloped selves. While that may raise the question; “will we ever stop being embarrassed about our past selves”, it also emphasizes that we’re all constantly a work in progress.
Just a few days ago, one of my memories was a Facebook status in all caps stating that “Snadderbuå”, the business that had me working 25 hours a day, was finally opening. For those that don’t know, this was a small fast food place that had everything from burgers to fried chicken on the menu. While the opening was only 4 years ago, it took over a year of planning and preparations. At that point of my life, everything revolved around the business, ranging from equipment to vendors to HR responsibilities. I genuinely thought that was going to be my life for the next decade, but it didn’t take long before I was on my way to NYC with big dreams and and a suitcase full of stuff belonging to the old me.
Now here I sit, 4 years after the grand opening of my first official business, where Snadderbuå is sold and now has a Chinese food component to the menu. I’m sitting in my NYC apartment in burning heat, having earned a degree and taking some time to explore my passion for photography before I start my big-girl job.
Despite the cringe-worthy past statuses and conversations shown to us through Facebook Memories, we see the good things in our past, and keep being reminded that we’ll always know better tomorrow. We’ll do better tomorrow, and we’ll also look better tomorrow. And while looking at the past can bring back some awkward smiles and pleasant nostalgia, it keeps me excited about what the future will bring. I wonder what milestones in my life I will have accomplished and look back at these days when I thought I had it all. Will I ever regret those silver culottes?
Poncho: Vero Moda – Turtleneck: Uniqlo – Pants: Zara – Shoes: Shoedazzle – Jewelry: Cynthia Gale New York
Pictures taken in collaboration with Mari Bockmann