So you may have noticed a rising social media trend over the last few years of having your Instagram account calibrated to find out your top 9 most liked photos of the year.
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Your feed is full of them.
And as we are in the season of retrospection, I thought, what better way to look back on some of the highlights of the last year than with a shareable collage of my most-liked photos?
But here on In Pursuit I always want to write the truth. I also want to be open and honest. And if you have been reading this blog for even more than month, you’ll know that life hasn’t been easy. (And not just for me, I mean come on this year has sucked). And to be completely honest, it’s hard to see the highlights without thinking of the lows.
So instead of posting my calibrated top 9 most-liked photo collage to Instagram, I thought I’d collate my own top 9 note-worthy moments of 2017 and explain the story behind each one.
Till next we meet, Bass Queen
The Boondah Babes had to farewell a very special member that day, but we knew our music genius had great things to do back home in Switzerland. I lived with Saara for close to a year and a half and I can’t help but miss those mornings when she wouldn’t come out of her room until 5 minutes before we would have to leave, wearing whatever top and jeans were closest to her bed. Or none us ever really seeing her and never really knowing whether she was home or not, only to discover at 9 that night that she had indeed been home the whole day. And I miss watching stupid ‘Married at First Sight’ on our dog pee stained sofa.
But it isn’t long now until I’ll see her walk down the isle and marry the man of her dreams. And she, like us all who have shared that dilapidated Northern beaches hell hole, will forever be Boondah Babes xx
The beginning. This photo (which is missing a lot of my fellow third years) was taken just before the second and first year students arrived to the welcome BBQ. You see, every year the 3rd year students host a welcoming BBQ at the end of orientation day. It’s a great way for people to meet and if I don’t say so myself, it was one hell of a success.
Progression of the Dab
So there’s actually an even larger story behind this photo.
At the 2016 Presence Conference there was this large 3D Letter Sign and people (Okay mostly just us C3 College students) took photos in front of it to share and remember the experience. One of the photo’s that I was in with my house mates was a ‘progression of the Dab’. Now I’m not going to the lie, it was a little embarrassing to partake in but I’m big on tradition so of course I joined my house mates to do it again this year, this time at the entrance to Presence Kids (the best place to serve, hands down), and you bet we’ll do again in 2018!
This is our Story
So…This is harder to talk about. I guess I could just re-direct you to my November Notes blog post, that pretty must sums up what this photo is about.
This year, a lot happened. A lot of bad. And it’s been hard to see the good. For a long time I struggled to understand God’s reasoning for giving me such a beautiful, powerful story, only to take the opportunity to tell it, away.
And I know that’s not how it works. It just felt that way. But now I can see this story for what it is. A gift.
One day I will get to tell the Unformed. One day. I just need to accept that today is not that day.
It’s the Climb
It’s called the 3rd year outdoor experience but the students know it as Poo Camp. Why you ask?
Well, you cannot leave anything behind, not even the paper you have wiped with. Yes, that’s right, we had to carry our poop.
For 2 nights and 3 days we hiked through the NSW wilderness with everything we needed to survive on our backs. And it was hard. I won’t beat around the bush.
But for me, it was like I was walking to my grave. By the time we reached the end I was incapable to thinking straight. But before I completely collapsed, this photo was taken. This short but glorious moment of celebration. We had made it, we had done it, we had finished. And we’d done it together.
This next photo is actually something pretty important. It’s my most favourite photo that my friend took of me on a little blog creation fashion shoot. For a long time I had wanted to branch out from writing and explore fashion journalism, but had no one to help me execute it, and if the last few months had taught me anything, I couldn’t do anything alone. So I asked a friend to help me take some photos and luckily they yes.
It was the first time I had actually done anything useful since moving back to Perth. It was actually a really big step in the right direction, to recovery. I thank that friend and all my other creative little geniuses for helping me when I asked. And for showing me that sometimes you just have to create and share. I needed that.
East Coast baby
So if you don’t already know, let me introduce you to my Rachies.
In August I went to Sydney and saw my friend Rachelle perform in her third year vocal recital.
It was hard to go back. So many people had questions that I couldn’t answer and so many others acted as if nothing had happened at all. It was…hard.
But I am ever so glad that I went. I got to see so many friends and most importantly, I got to see my dear little Rachelle perform.
You see, it really is the little things that you miss. I missed listening to her sing. I missed driving down the Parkway. I missed the buzz that’s in the air early on a Tuesday morning. I missed my life.
I never really go anywhere alone. Why?
Well that’s simple, I hate it. I’m a social person and the last thing i want is a day to myself. But one of my new years resolutions for 2017 had been to do more on my own and to be okay with being on my own. So one Saturday, instead of sleeping in and watching Netflix, I travelled down to my favourite opp-shopping area and collected quite a large haul.
Then, reunited with an old friend and feeling quite recharged – creatively – I decided to take the next step in self healing and work hard for what I want. Because it’s true, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
So armed with two camera’s and a car load of clothing my friends and I set out on a little photo shoot.
Hello Brighter Days
Number 9. To be completely honest, there isn’t much more reason for this being in the top 9 other than fact it was a lovely day in a lovely location. With a lovely friend.
But if I think about it, this moment, captured, is one I’m glad to have captured forever. Summer is always seen as being the end of the year and it’s worries and the beginning of new possibilities. And I don’t know about you, but I’m very happy that’s true.
2017 can die. I know I won’t miss it. Now okay sure, I’ll miss some things, the little things.
But overall, 2017 has been one hell of a headache and I’m ready for some relief. And I wish that I had some profound, important, encouraging message for you at the end of your year but in truth, I don’t have anything.
I’m just ready to hit refresh. So bring on a new start. Bring on 2018.
Happy New Year my Difference Makers