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PART A–

Someone said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s true. Profoundly, it’s all too true amid the technological advances that social media has created. One picture holds so many stories. It’s incredible the kinds of messages people assign to simple pics, now coined memes. Some people hesitate to post photos for fear of getting targeted for an ugly and mean spirited meme. Yet, it holds true: A picture is worth a thousand words. When we do take time to attach our interpretation of an image, it becomes quite telling. We learn what’s lurking in the heart and mind of each other. Some good. Some, not so good.

What about those posts that solicit a brainstorm survey-fest? In fact, one such post incited a survey-fest just yesterday of a man dressed to the tee, totally in lime green, even his cellphone case matched. He was suited and booted from head to toe in lime green. Some of the messages attached to this potential meme in the making were hilarious. Thank God no one attached any hurtful messages to the post. In light of his intentional wardrobe ensemble, I wondered what impressed him to take such great lengths to make every detail of his outfit match. And why lime? Was it just his genuine fashion flavor, or was he attempting to garner social media attention? 

Enough said, so what comes to mind when selecting one of your pics that expresses a joyous or meaningful moment in your life? What about a pic that reveals your personality? Which pic would you choose? If nothing comes to mind, we have a problem. Either your life has been entirely uneventful, or you haven’t captured enough of those moments on film. Either way, it’s time to do something about this dilemma.

 I once walked this path. I shied away from the camera for a myriad of reasons. I’m too fat. I don’t have my face on (not wearing makeup). I’m not dressed for a photo session, and the list goes on and on. These antics went on for years, right up to the year my dear Cherliegirl made her exit from this world. I embraced so many memories of the times we spent together. But I came face to face with a shocking reality on the day everyone offered favorite pics of time spent with our girl. I had only two: my graduation and my wedding. I spent the lion’s share of our relationship ducking and dodging the camera. Now, I had only a few offerings to contribute to my girl’s video send-off. In a flash, like a fast-forwarding reel, I mentally transposed those memories into snapshots, but to no avail. These snapshots would forever remain in the canals of my memory. So, in March 2010, I made a vow to build tangible memories with my life experiences. If it’s a bad hair day, so be it. If I’ve expanded again, so what. The priority: capture as many memories as I can of my life and the lives of those I love before one of us makes our exit from time to eternity.

Why? Because a picture is worth a thousand words, and I don’t want to be left speechless.

                                     What about you?

 

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