Have you guys heard of Timehop? It's a great little service I signed up for a while ago. Every morning I get an email with a list of everything I posted on my social networks exactly one year before. Tweets, Facebook statuses, Instagram photos, Foursquare check-ins.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up, but I've found I really look forward to that morning email! Sometimes it's boring, but some mornings I wake up to see an album of vacation photos I put on Facebook. It's fun to spend a few minutes with happy memories every morning.
Last week, the email had the picture I took of Chris and me when I dropped him off in Dallas to leave for Army boot camp. I remembered how sad that morning was and how much I was dreading the three months that followed, but then I thought about how amazing everything has been since then.
Chris and I both have grown in so many ways. We are both stronger as individuals, and our relationship is stronger and better too. More secure, more relaxed. We moved from a city I did not love, to this incredible city with tons to offer, including nearly all of our friends. We both have good jobs and we got rid of our hated brown couch.
We are happy. Life is good.
I remember being so lonely and miserable while Chris was gone, but my Timehop emails actually present a totally different picture. I didn't have anyone to tell my jokes to except the cats and the internet, so the emails are full of hilarity (hey, if I don't think they're funny, who will?) and one multi-day saga involving several wasps and some duct tape. It's interesting to look back on those months through a lens that's mostly free of all the emotional baggage I was dragging around.
What a difference a year—and a little perspective—makes.